Beaufort artist Mary Thibault has long dreamed of opening her own gallery.
In January, that dream will come true, and she hopes it will help pave the way for other artists to succeed.
The Thibault Gallery will open in 815 Bay St. in downtown Beaufort, the former home of Bay Street Outfitters, which moved down the block to 825 Bay St. in October.
Along with spaces for four working artists, including Thibault, the 2,300-square-foot gallery will have a classroom. There will be wall and table space that artists can rent to display their work, she said.
"We want to present talented artists who are working hard to be successful," she said.
Thibault has been renting a room to paint in at Atelier on Bay, a collective working studio and gallery for artists on the second floor of the Lipsitz building at the corner of Bay and West streets.
"We are very grateful to (owners) Kimberly and Jeff (Bisger). That was a huge stepping stone for me," Thibault said. "I really want to give back to other artists. I want to give them the open door, the opportunity that I had."
Painter Mary Jane Martin will move from Atelier to the Thibault Gallery, and photographer Eric Smith of Captured Moments has signed on to display artwork, Thibault said.
Artists and artwork are being chosen, and applicants are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
Unlike most galleries, which take a commission, artists will rent space and keep all the money from their sales, Thibault said.
"That's huge for an artist," she added.
A former teacher, she also wants to foster a relationship with the Savannah College of Art and Design and local high schools.
"There's a lot of wonderful, wonderful art coming out of those classrooms, and we can help nurture them," she said.
Information: thibaultgallery.com, 843-597-1353
In other changes about town:
- Carolina Wings & Rib House, 1714 Ribaut Road, Port Royal, is under new ownership and will close for two weeks for renovations. New part-owner David Stewart said the restaurant will close Monday and reopen as the Carolina Tavern on Jan. 1 -- in time for college football bowl games.
The restaurant's wings, ribs and football atmosphere will remain, but the layout and decor will change. The menu will be updated with new options and more fresh ingredients, Stewart said.
- After four years in business, Kooky Mooky's ice cream and sandwich shop in downtown Beaufort, on the edge of the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, is closing.
The owners made the announcement on Facebook and via email, but could not be reached for comment.
On Facebook, they said, "Our landlord will not be renewing our lease, and we are being forced to close at this time. We are heartbroken and will miss you very much."
Everything at the 101 Scott St. restaurant is 25 percent off, and a final farewell is planned for Dec. 28, when everything will be half off.
Information: facebook.com/KookyMookys, 843-521-4445
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