PORT ANGELES — Mary Comeau had dreamed of owning a quaint coffee shop with her glass jewelry on display. She never thought she would own an entire art gallery.
Nevertheless, Comeau came close to her original vision.
Her new art gallery, 1 of a Kind, will contain both art and a coffee/juice bar in the space where Heatherton Gallery resided in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., before its owners, Sky Heatherton and Thomas East, retired.
“Instead I thought, ‘Oh, let’s try out this venture,’ ” Comeau said.
Comeau will host an all-day grand opening Saturday, Oct. 7, with live music provided by a group from her church, New Life Open Bible Church. The gallery’s current hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The gallery also will cater to Arts &Draughts Beer, Wine and Arts Festival attendees today through Sunday with live music, registration for upcoming oil painting and wood burning classes and a raffle drawing.
Prizes include one of Comeau’s artist necklaces, a $25 gift certificate to the gallery, entrance into an alcohol ink class and original artwork by Pam Fries.
At least three or four artists will demonstrate their work at tables scattered around the gallery throughout the weekend. All of the gallery’s nearly 30 artists were invited to demonstrate, Comeau said.
Often on Saturdays, including this one, the gallery will host live music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
October will bring more firsts for the gallery: the first classes, the first time coffee will be served and the first time 1 of a Kind will participate in Port Angeles’ Second Weekend Art Walk.
But even with all these plans, Comeau still feels the surreality of operating her own art gallery.
“I still don’t believe it’s real, you know,” she said. “My goal is to get people from all over the community — Forks, Joyce and Sequim — to come in and enjoy the gallery, see what we’re about.”
Before Comeau advertised anywhere, she filled nearly every open space with art.
However, six to seven spaces could be arranged in the gallery’s front window, she said.
Inside, visitors will find art of all styles and mediums. There’s not one aesthetic or genre that defines the gallery, Comeau said; rather, as the gallery’s name suggests, no two pieces are the same.
“I was thinking of names, and I thought, ‘Wow, everybody has something different,’ ” she said. “And people liked it, so it stuck.”
Those interested in exhibiting art or playing music on Saturdays should email Comeau at 1oneofakindartgallery @gmail.com.
For more information, visit 1 of a Kind Art Gallery’s Facebook page.
Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.