Name of Business: The Gallery Finesse
Type of Business: Antique furniture and fine art gallery
Winter hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; Summer hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
Location: 128 North Center Street
Contact Information: 534-7046
History of Business: Hand carved items, European oil paintings, custom pewter jewelry… these are the types of items found at the Gallery Finesse, a downtown Turlock shop that offers unique pieces deserving of the gallery walls of a museum.
Step inside the Gallery Finesse and one is struck by the diverse styles of items available for purchase in the two story loft. With furniture and accent items from the late 1800’s to mid-century modern designs, owners Regina Emig and Ken Kelleher are always on the hunt for the latest and greatest statement piece to add to their collection.
“Mid-century is the new antique,” explained Emig whose parents were also in the antique business. “We travel across the United States to find items. It’s our fun. It’s like a treasure hunt.”
Kelleher’s background is in fine art, evident by the diverse range of European and American oil paintings hanging in the gallery.
“Most pictures are from overseas,” said Kelleher indicating to the works on the walls.
The shop’s marriage of art and antiques is also very much a reality for the two owners who are engaged to one another.
“She’s always done antiques. I’ve always done art,” said Kelleher.
Emig and Kelleher both have more than 30 years of experience in their respective interests and together they opened the Gallery Finesse just 15 months ago to offer locals access to their passion for the arts.
So what are customers drawn to at the gallery that is anything except run of the mill?
“A little bit of everything,” said Emig. “We go out of our way to find extreme examples of whatever style we can. We’re eclectic.”
Business Specialty: Fine art and stylized statement pieces.