Art gallery open on Main Street
Driving East on Highway 211, just after you pass the blinking light, you will pass a new shop in Molalla.
The shop is named The Main Shop, taking a clue from its past, which was the Man Shop and also from the street it's on, which is Main Street.
The Main Shop held its grand opening on June 1 and Molallans were there to see and be seen. A dozen artists provided their wares in various mediums. The shop is decorated with items such as old American Flags and pretty wreaths around the art works.
The new shop is a gallery featuring art of many different types. There are paintings, photography, jewelry and pictures from a children's book. Unique items such as leather, wood carvings, works cast in aluminum, hand drawn cards and even coffee from Kenya and Ethiopia as well as a brand called Sledgehammer—obviously for those of us who can't wake in the morning.
Most of the art work is local, the jewelry is from Lindsey Richelle, a silversmith from Molalla. There are also quilted potholders and other handmade kitchen utensils including a quilted bowl for soups or other items that heat in the microwave and saves your fingers from burns. In one small corner there is the roll top desk that Bob Ireland used when he owned the Man Store.
This is all brought to you by Molalla resident Ken Fetters who bought the building and lightened and brightened it by revamping the interior and the lighting. Fetters is proud of his new gallery which also features pictures, books and other items from Molalla's past. Included in the mixture was a set of Corning Ware baking pieces along with a very small Corning Ware skillet with the blue flower design that many of us grew up with.
Fetters bought the building last winter, he since also has bought the old Pioneer newspaper office. He had met Lindsey Knapp when she opened a pop-up shop and thought it would be a good idea for the town to have a gallery featuring art. Once he moved into the building, he began revamping—removing walls and a hallway to make more room. He also put a new roof on the building and designed the sign.
He saved Bob Ireland's old roll top desk and currently features it complete with tootsie rolls, like Ireland used to hand out to the kids. There's also a phone, which Fetters thinks is from the 1920s or maybe even before. It's hung on a wall and takes two hands to use—one to hold the ear piece and one to turn the crank to get the operator.
Prices for items run from $0.45 to $500 and are quite tempting, especially a beautiful self-portrait in oils along with a group of items for shelves, which included a nude and some men that obviously were related to gargoyles.
So, if you missed the grand opening, go by The Main Shop at 104 east Main. It is open Thursday through Sunday: Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.