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A longtime art gallery owned by a Yorktown artist who has sold her pieces around the world is on the market.
The artist, Nancy Thomas, tried to sell her gallery — located in Historic Yorktown at 301 Ballard St. — a few times before, in a quieter fashion, but this time, she’s going “all out” and has contracted with realty Coldwell Banker.
“It’s getting to be a little bit too much for me,” Thomas said, explaining if she is successful in selling the 3,000-square-foot gallery, she may move to Norfolk or Florida to be with her grown daughters.
She is asking $785,000 for the property, which she rented and later purchased, combining her work studio and gallery — which were originally two separate buildings — into one in 1991.
“It has a lot more potential to it and I just don’t have the money to do it,” Thomas said, adding the site has the space to add two more buildings.
If her six-month contract with Coldwell Banker ends without an interested buyer, Thomas said she will continue living in and operating the gallery in Yorktown.
For now, she said she is living day-to-day and is not making any major decisions on whether she leaves the area or opens another gallery in Norfolk or Florida.
“It’s kind of up in the air,” she said, adding she will “always be an artist.”
“I’ll always be doing something, some kind of artwork,” she said.
Thomas’ contemporary artwork has been coveted by thousands of collectors and appears in museums across the world, in films, Broadway, on television and in magazines and decorator books.
The gallery has had a few interested parties, and Thomas said she hopes it will continue to be used for that purpose.
“There’s a long art history here [in Yorktown]; it would be wonderful if that could continue,” she said.