Downtown Art Gallery celebrates 16 years of culture, class


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Art was on display when the Downtown Art Gallery in Downtown Titusville, owned by Jeff and Heidi Thamert, celebrated its 16th anniversary.

Courtesy of Downtown Art Gallery

Jeff and Heidi Thamert are appreciative of Titusville and North Brevard communities. Their fine art gallery and custom picture framing business, the Downtown Art Gallery, recently celebrated 16 years of success. The community joined them for wine and sweets to celebrate the occasion.

“We opened our doors in 2002,” Heidi Thamert said.

They started in the front section of their building, working in a 1,000 square-foot area. Three artists were on board.

Through the years, there have been challenges and changes.

“There are slow times,” Thamert said. “In Florida, business gets slower in summer, but picks up in autumn. There have been economic ups and downs.”

She sees promise in Red Canyon Software and Launch Now efforts to transform the historic Walker Hotel and bank into boutique-style apartments and Red Canyon’s first regional office.

Changes to the Downtown Art Gallery have included expansion to a side gallery in 2009 and opening the back section of the building in 2017. Five showrooms feature the works of 14 award-winning artists.

“We are family with our artists,” Thamert said.

The Thamerts also have witnessed changes in Downtown Titusville. She commended the city for its beautification and revitalization project in 2010.

“They widened the sidewalk, added landscaping, benches and a courtyard,” she said. “This helps all downtown businesses and makes shopping more pleasant for the customer.”

Both Thamerts are award-winning photographers. They also offer their expertise to help frame that special something.

“We get to see and frame interesting things, such as space memorabilia,” she said. “Recently, we did the framing for the Buzz Aldrin Foundation Gala.”

Thamert defines the Downtown Art Gallery’s mission as that of encouraging community arts, artists and culture.

“We look forward to having people find us and we enjoy meeting artists,” she said. “But we always appreciate our loyal customers.”

A holiday gift buying event, “Merry Mimosas!” involving the Downtown Art Gallery and other Downtown merchants, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8.

The Downtown Art Gallery is at 335 S. Washington Ave.

For more information, call 321-268-0122 or go to thedowntownartgallery.com/.