Anomalous art gallery to open in Manistee

MANISTEE — Some art is meant to be shared with the world, instead of privately hung on a wall in a family home.

That’s what inspired Rick and Chris Bookheimer to open their own art gallery in downtown Manistee.

The Bookheimers are passionate about collecting art from all over the nation, and even the world. Ready to share their large collection with others, Chris and Rick are opening an art gallery called “Anomalous” at 340 River St. in Manistee.

“These are artists from all around the world, and include many big names,” said Chris. “It’s a montage of different styles.”

The gallery will not only share art from their personal collection, but allow space for local artists to sell art, as well.

“My husband and I have a love for art,” said Chris. “We have a personal art collection, and instead of it sitting in boxes, we decided that we wanted to start a gallery to share and provide an area for local artists to sell their own art. Our art will not be for sale.”

Hailing from Kaleva, Rick and Chris have been a part of the community in Manistee County for many years, connecting to others in many different ways. Chris said opening the gallery in Manistee was the best option for the two.

“Manistee is on the rise, and I honestly feel that. In the last couple years watching it, I think a lot of good things have come to Manistee,” said Chris. “Making a little art hub downtown would be awesome.”

Anomalous means to deviate from the norm, which Chris said inspired her in an artistic way when choosing the word as a name for the gallery.

“One definition of the name is ‘unusual or different, as in music or art,'” she said. “I was looking for a Victorian name, and that name was listed online as a Victorian word. When I looked further into the definition it just fit.”

The project has been in the works for the past six months; however, the Bookheimers have been collecting for years.

“This is the first time we have done this,” said Chris. “We have been to many other galleries and museums. This is a passion of ours. In our gallery the plan is to rotate our art through there, so it won’t all be displayed at one time.”

Chris said the gallery should be ready to open in late spring.

“We are hanging tracks to hang the artwork from, and finishing up the signage. Our son, he’s a video game designer, so he is doing advertisement and all of that artwork,” said Chris. “We are planning on no later than early May to open.”

Collaborating with the community on events, Chris said the gallery hopes to work with the Manistee Art Institute (MAI) in the future. She said the goal is to create an environment for art to be shared and explored by the community.

“We spoke with the MAI about doing shared events, to bring in other galleries to create an art hub downtown,” she said. “We are excited. I am really liking that we can all work together to offer this kind of thing to the community.”

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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