Kim, Rich Nelson open new art gallery in Tryon

Published 8:53 pm Monday, December 27, 2010

Skyuka Fine Art is a premier art gallery owned by Kim Nelson and her husband, artist Richard Christian Nelson.

Skyuka Fine Art specializes in traditional styles of landscape, still life and figurative painting. In addition to Rich Nelson, the gallery features artists who have reached a high level of success in their careers such as Richard Oversmith, Linda Cheek, Kelly Welch, and Anne and William Jameson.

Notable artists of the past from the collection of Tryon art dealer Nowell Guffey will also be on display. Often the artists featured have significant relationships with the locale. The Nelsons have also gotten to know many nationally known artists through Rich’s career as a portrait and gallery artist, and they hope to bring many of these friends to Tryon for exhibitions and workshops. Eventually, they say, they would like to represent sculptors, fine art craftspeople, and all sorts of artists.

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Along with original artwork, the gallery will have gift items such as greeting cards and books featuring some of the artists. In addition to traditional shows and openings, Skyuka Fine Art will host art-related events such as workshops, lectures, and performances. The Nelsons say they intend to grow with other local galleries and businesses to make Tryon a destination for art lovers by co-hosting events such as gallery strolls and combined openings. Their ultimate goal will be for art lovers to find the gallery, its website, and the area to be a creative place where they can enjoy, discuss and purchase fantastic artwork.

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An open house to celebrate the new gallery will be held Jan. 1 from 1-5 p.m. That’s 1-1-11 at 1! It’s free and all are invited.

Skyuka Fine Art is located at 133 North Trade Street in Tryon. Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment anytime. Call Kim Nelson at 828-817-3783, or email her at for more information.