Colorado mug was made by member Danyelle Butler

and bracelets by member Dyana Wyeno.

For founding member Rodney Barnes, finding inspiration for art at the Madison and Main Gallery is no issue.

“It’s easy,” the artist said, gesturing to a vase with a small mountain scene. “We go to the mountains, so I put mountains on my pottery.”

Though the gallery’s current exhibit is “Totally Local,” the art displayed is diverse to no end. With soaps, hats, mugs and jewelry, to name just a few kinds of what the gallery has to offer, there is something for everyone.

“I get my inspiration from whatever I’m doing in life,” Barnes said. “Right now, I’m obsessed with bicycles and fixed-gear bicycles.”

Barnes pointed out a vase of his covered in penny-farthing bicycles—the classic bike with a large front wheel.

“I discovered this fixed-gear bicycle and I was riding with a bunch of students at UNC, so we decided to have a bicycle show on our porch six years ago,” Barnes said.

The success the students saw led them to continue the bicycle show annually.

When asked about the university’s relationship with the gallery, members all agreed there are very close ties. Ann Shirley, an associate member, explained why the gallery decided against moving west.

“We’ve maintained our address here because we want to continue to be tied to the university,” Shirley said.

Many of the gallery’s members, including Danyelle Butler, Susan Nelson, Gin Leuchter, Jim Klingman and Barnes are UNC graduates, as are many of the consignment artists, Shirley said.

“It’s an inspiration every time I come to work,” Shirley said. “Someone came in who hadn’t been in the gallery before, and she was so pleased to find an art scene in Greeley because there just isn’t enough art in the world.”

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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