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logo_merchants_sqLocal painter Gulay Berryman and her husband plan to open a new art gallery called the Williamsburg Art Gallery in Merchants Square by October.

The gallery will be located in the same space as the former Gallery on Merchants Square, which closed last year.

It will feature a combination of resident artists who help staff the gallery while their work hangs along with exhibiting artists. There may also be consignment sales in the future.

“She wants this gallery to be not just a gallery for two dimensional or three dimensional but also for the performing arts,” said Clyde Berryman, Gulay’s husband. “She wants to connect with other art forms, other people here in the area and want to stage where they can perform.”

The 4,200-square-foot area where the gallery will be located will feature several artists at any one time. Gulay Berryman is seeking applications from artists interested in having their work featured in the gallery. To apply, email her at

Before the gallery can open, the Berrymans will have to refurbish the interior of the building. They are also planning precisely what programming they want to offer. Clyde Berryman said he and his wife are excited to open later this year.

“She’s going to make the art gallery viable for the whole community,” he said.

The gallery will be located at 440 W. Duke of Gloucester St.