R. Condon Gallery & Custom Framery is moving to new location

R. Condon Gallery & Custom Framery is moving

The scaffolding surrounding the building at 136 W. Cook Street might appear to be a massive work of art in and of itself. The new owner of the building is Roberta Condon, who happens to know art very well. She is working on refinishing the interior and exterior of the building as she prepares to move her business, R. Condon Gallery & Custom Framery, into the former spot of the Portage House of Clocks. She took a little break from transforming the building to share her thoughts on the move:

Since I was a little girl, I had two dreams, one was to be a Mom (that dream came true with the birth of my twin boys), and the other was to live in a small town and have my own gallery. I’ve taken many steps to get to the goal.

I started in the Mercantile almost 15 years ago. When I interviewed for a spot there I was asked what my long term goals were, and I told them I’d like to own my own gallery. I was there for a few years, then rented a place above Bennett Law so I could work at a studio of my own. Then, ten years ago, I rented the small space in the old Ram Hotel. I slowly built my reputation and expanded my product line and services to include custom framing.

Now, I have finally achieved my dream of my own gallery. I am doubling the space I have had and have the addition of another floor for the future and a basement for my partner to expand his studio.

In a word, it’s a dream come true. But dreams don’t come true without a lot of hard work. We are renovating the exterior, trying to stay as true as possible to the feeling of the old building within our budget. We are replacing the cornices over windows and putting in window boxes to help beautify the downtown.

I have used two gallons of spackle, 7 gallons of paint, and a ton of elbow grease on the inside of the building…and that’s just the first week of work! I’m a spacktacular spackle tackler!!! And… I found out the benefit of buying a triangular building is you only have to paint three walls!

Anyway, Portage has been good to me. I am honored to be able to give back a little bit by fixing up the beautiful old building to the best of my ability and budget. I thank all those who have walked through my gallery doors in the last ten years and helped support small business downtown.

We’ll be having a Grand Opening Event, and will keep you posted on those dates and times. –Roberta Condon

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