A farewell to Skyuka Fine Art

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, February 4, 2016

Kim and Richard Nelson

Kim and Richard Nelson

Kim and Rich Nelson wish to thank all who came out last week to say goodbye to Skyuka Fine Art. The couple closed their art gallery over the weekend, after five years in Tryon. The last days were very busy, culminating in a closing reception on Saturday night. Many stopped by to visit, reminisce, and peruse the walls for last minute deals. It was a terrific final week, with lots of local and regional art finding new homes in the area.


“We are so grateful to our little community for supporting the gallery for five years. In the time we’ve been open so many galleries have closed, many of them in much larger markets. It says a lot that a place with our small population can keep a traditional gallery going for five years. There are some folks here who really care about art, and keeping art and artists in the community,” says Rich.

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The Nelsons will continue to live here, with Rich working on portraits and gallery paintings in his home studio, teaching the occasional workshop, and having gallery shows now and then. Kim is working on a graduate degree, and their three children are teens now, attending Polk County schools. The Nelsons so appreciate all of Skyuka Fine Art’s supporters and patrons over the years.


-Submitted by Rich and Kim Nelson