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NYC Artist's Bold Colors Trump Natural Splendor
Nov 21, 2011 (03:11 PM EST)
NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- As beautiful as the majestic mountains of upstate New York may be, travelers appear to be finding the intensely colorful paintings of a New York City artist even more alluring. According to TripAdvisor.Com, the number one attraction in New Paltz, New York is neither the Mohonk Preserve nor Minnewaska State Park, but the art gallery of painter DM Weil.
The irony of the situation is not lost on DM Weil, the contemporary abstract painter who recently erected a 3,000 square foot gallery on her own upstate property as a showcase for her work. "We opened the gallery in May 2011, and within two months visitors started telling us they had found us listed on TripAdvisor.com as the number one thing to do here in New Paltz," she says. "Evidently, people enjoyed their experience at the gallery so much they felt compelled to share it with others on the Trip Advisor site. But I do get a chuckle out of the fact that we topped some remarkably well known natural attractions in the listings."
DM Weil explains that visitors are impressed not only by finding a Soho style art gallery in the woods on a country road, but by having the artist herself available to answer questions as they browse the paintings. "Our goal is to offer a total art experience you can't get anywhere else, combining a fabulous gallery environment with the opportunity to learn how each work is created. And we offer all of our guests wine, cappuccino and local baked goods, something not found in even the most exclusive galleries of New York City," states gallery manager Ken Aspin. "DM planned out every inch of this space using the same eye that makes her an amazing painter, from the 14-foot ceilings and the media wall to the 1911 restored Grotrian grand piano used for our mini-concerts," he says.
Being ranked the number one attraction in New Paltz is just the latest in a series of happy accidents that have accompanied DM Weil's decision to move her gallery from New York City to New Paltz. In fact, DM Weil Gallery was planned initially as a storage and workspace. "Only once the building was constructed did the vision for turning it into a proper gallery come to me," says DM Weil. "I had originally intended to rent a storefront in town, but nothing suitable was available. I was concerned that it might be difficult to lure people here, even though it's just a few minutes from the center of New Paltz. But we have had a relatively steady stream of visitors, both those who are just curious to see what's going on and those who are serious art collectors."
The gallery has already welcomed guests from all over the northeast, and from as far away as Italy. Mikey Teutul from the American Choppers reality show, and an artist in his own right, recently stopped by and purchased a DM Weil piece. Although the gallery has only been open for a short time, DM Weil's work is already a focal point in many nearby hotels, spas and offices.
"It's great that Trip Advisor has ranked us number one," says Mr. Aspin. "Anything that helps share DM Weil's work with more people is a good thing. Did I mention we give away free prints to first time visitors?"
SOURCE Harvey Mark Communications