Zerkalov Art Gallery: Sophisticated, cute, and handcrafted goods
Before you travel off to one of the big cities or check Etsy for unique gifts this holiday season, try the recently opened Zerkalov Art Gallery next to Cafe Steam on South Broadway.
They are primarily a Ukrainian gallery, but also display a wide variety of unique paintings and handcrafted goods from other European countries.
Since everything is handcrafted, the cute and sophisticated are able to sit side by side and look equally good. They don’t make copies or prints of the artwork, so once something is sold and is hanging in someone’s house, you won’t get a second chance to buy it.
Paintings and Watercolors
The gallery focuses around the art of Ukrainian artist Arthur Zerkalov, for whom the gallery is named. His work has the strength and presence to take control of a room and enhance the interior of any house it hangs in. They also have many paintings and watercolors by several other fantastic artists.
The pieces vary from strong to subtle colors and composition, smaller works to wall-size prints. This gives you options for choosing the atmosphere of the room you want to display them in.
This writer is hoping to pick up one or two of the bright watercolors for his collection in the near future.
Zerkalov gallery has the European version of crafts and handmade items that have always been popular in Southeast Minnesota. The cute little stuffed animals will turn you into a collector if you’re not already one.
They also have beautiful European jewelry and handcrafted bags, as well as glass, wood, and metal-made artworks that will brighten up the look around your house. For those who love metalwork, there’s a series of handmade Damascus knives and Viking hatchets from Ukraine. The knives are wrapped in leather cases. The axes have beautiful patinas, wood handles, and blade etchings.
As of late October, one local artist, Gary Wobig, exhibits at the gallery. He makes leaf-like decorations out of wood, perfect for hanging on a Christmas tree.
Zerkalov gallery is a fun and relevant addition to the local art scene. Next time you’re at Cafe Steam or downtown with some free time, drop in and take a look.
Zerkolov Art Gallery
310 S Broadway, Rochester
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily