Quick–does anyone have a bucket of Wite-Out?
Alexis Hale Egan has to remove the “Mac” from the Gallery MacEgan sign outside her art gallery on Morristown’s Community Place.
“‘Mac means ‘son of,’ and that doesn’t apply here,” explained Alexis, who said she has taken sole ownership of the rechristened Egan Gallery from her uncle, Greg Egan.
At first glance, it might seem like the Egan clan can’t stand close quarters. When the venture started taking shape last summer, it was a project of Greg and his brother Dave. By the official opening in September, Dave had moved on and Alexis, a 26-year-old photographer, had come aboard.
But Greg simply has decided to return to the alternative energy field, according to his niece.
“Everyone’s on good terms,” said Alexis, preparing for tonight’s opening of a month-long exhibit by painter Richard Bedkowski, a Morristown native. (You can bet that the wine will be good: Richard works at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Madison when he is not painting.)
Alexis said the gallery will remain focused on contemporary works, selling from $70 to $10,000, by metro-area artists with a following.
“The art world has definitely been affected by the economy,” she said. “People aren’t spending much money. But this area has been less affected than others. If you have strong artists with a following and they are collectible, their followers still are interested and willing to purchase.”
Alexis has renewed the lease on the gallery, and is moving from New York to Morristown. She majored in photography, and also studied painting and film, at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Then she spent a year running a medical clinic in a Guatemalan village, until drug lords overran the place. That experience yielded some stunning photographs that were exhibited at the gallery.
Going forward she plans to feature more paintings than photos, however.
Alexis’ tastes are a bit “more cutting-edge” than Greg’s, said Timothy Lang, an artist friend of Alexis.
We’ll ask Greg about that when we catch up to him. Alexis wasn’t splitting artistic hairs.
“I’ll miss having him around,” she said.