Business feature: Art gallery moving to new location

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Vernon and Teresa Luce talk about paint colors for the inside of the new location for their art gallery, Gallery 15. The siblings are hoping for a mid-September opening.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

She’s the one with an eye for art, so he’ll spend his time in the kitchen.

Sister and brother business partners Vernon and Teresa Luce are moving their 12-year-old business, Gallery 15, to an old Stuckey’s building on U.S. 60/84. And they’re adding a bistro, library room and walking trails.

After nearly two months of construction, the building doesn’t resemble a gas station since the canopy has been removed.

“This is a great place for us,” Teresa said. “It’s bigger and better.”

Gallery 15 opened in Clovis in 1997.

“I’ve always loved art,” Teresa said. “When I came to Clovis, I found out that there are a lot of talented and cultured people that needed a place to go.”

When their parents became ill, the two moved their business to Farwell.

“That location didn’t work. It was too small, and it was right by the train tracks. People would just zoom right by us,” Vernon said.

The Luces said they used to host gallery openings when they were housed in Clovis. The Farwell location didn’t provide them with enough room.

Their new place is situated on three acres of land, to which the Luces said they will simply add walking trails.

“We want this to be a place that local people and tourists want to come to,” Teresa said.

The Luces said they plan to display a variety of types of art, such as paintings and sculpture, and that they have shown art from artists across the country.

They’re planning for an opening in mid-September.