Heard on the Street: A new art gallery opens in southwest Rochester

August 21, 2018

A new art gallery has stepped up to open its doors in southwest Rochester.

On Aug. 4, Chris Allen opened Goodness Gallery in Suite 750 at 1300 Salem Road in the TJ Maxx & More Plaza.

That’s the space that was left open when O&B Shoes closed up shop in April. Phillip’s Shoes was located there prior to O&B.

Allen, a textile artist who also works at the nearby Tuesday Morning store, has set up a spacious gallery to display paintings, jewelry, beadwork, fabric art, clothing and other art.

When asked why she decided to open a gallery, Allen said it was always a dream of hers and her mother’s to open a place like Goodness Gallery. Her mother, who founded Channel One in Rochester, passed away before they could do that together.

Allen, who worked at the Rochester Art Center many years ago, recently returned to the Med City. For several years, she displayed and sold her work at art fairs throughout the U.S.

The premier exhibit at Goodness Gallery is a series of paintings called “Magical Landscapes,” by Brian Frink, a professor of art at Minnesota State University in Mankato. Allen previously taught art at the university as Frink’s peer.

She is reaching out to the many artists she met at shows around the country, but Allen also hopes to spotlight area artists, such as the ones who display at Rochester’s Gallery 24.

Gallery 24 will soon lose its space in downtown and is seeking a new home. Goodness Gallery will display work by artists from the Gallery 24 collaborative while they are displaced.

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