Visitors to Windsor’s newest art gallery, The Boardwalk Gallery, will find mulimedia artwork pieces inspired by Windsor and the surrounding area by artist and owner Suzette McIntyre.
McIntyre opened the gallery at 115 5th St. early last month, in time for the town’s Windsor Wonderland event on Dec. 7. She hosted an open house event Dec. 18, drawing a packed house, she said.
All the art currently on display in the gallery is McIntyre’s, who started her career in art 20 years ago as a portrait and wedding photographer. Her multimedia pieces feature scenes inspired by her surroundings, many of which are familiar to Windsor residents.
“Each piece has something incorporated from the area in it,” she said. “There’s so much beauty in this place.”
The gallery doubles as McIntyre’s studio, with a space in the back where she said she does most of her work. Eventually, she plans to rotate pieces from other artists through her gallery to showcase their work.
She said she enjoys spending time outdoors shooting photographs, especially of scenes featuring fog and snow.
“So much of it is the little things and just being in the moment,” McIntyre said. “There’s always something there.”
McIntyre spent the past two years developing her five- to seven-step process she uses to create her multimedia pieces, which all start with a photograph. McIntyre scans the photo into her computer, adding layers and texture, before printing it on canvas. She adds further textures to the canvas with different materials to finish the piece.
“Each one is different,” she said as she showed the various pieces hanging from the walls of her gallery.
Her work is also on display at three other galleries in Casper and Gillette , Wyo., and in Winter Park.
Last year, McIntyre won first place in the multimedia division at the Greeley Art Association’s Art from the Heart Show. This year, she has two pieces entered in the event.
McIntyre also takes commissions for artwork, working with her customers to find the concept and color schemes they are looking for.
“If you don’t see what you like, tell me what you want,” she said. “People sometimes like to have shots of their farm or an old cabin done in a unique way.”
In the near future, McIntyre hopes to use the gallery space to host workshops and classes for adults looking to sharpen their artistic talents and for kids looking for a creative release.
“I want to help artists further themselves,” she said.
In her spare time, McIntyre also writes. She is the author of a children’s self-esteem book, which is soon-to-be published, she said.