OSHAWA, ONTARIO April 2nd, 2018 – Local artist Tim Packer is opening a new art gallery at 9 William Street, West in downtown Oshawa. Packer, who lives in Whitby, quit his job as a detective with the Toronto Police Service in 2000 to pursue his art career full time. He has gone on to have a very successful career as an artist and his paintings can be found in public, private and corporate collections around the world. He is best known for his colourful landscapes featuring sunlight streaming through the northern forest.
Up until recently Packer exhibited and sold his work through some of the most prestigious galleries in Canada. That has all changed because of the impact of social media. Says the artist,
“about two years ago I really threw myself into social media and the results have been amazing. I started receiving many requests to purchase my work directly from potential clients and pretty soon I was selling more work than all of my galleries combined. Last year I rented several PopUp gallery spaces to put on my own shows and the results have me 99% convinced that I would like to operate a permanent gallery. The long term PopUp program with the Oshawa Business Improvement Association has given me the perfect opportunity to try this out for six months before committing to a long term lease.”
The program puts together owners of vacant retail space with entrepreneurs who are interested in operating a retail store for a 4 to 6 month trial period before committing to a longer lease. Both the landlord and tenant benefit from the relationship as the arrangement is short-term and low risk. The goal of the Pop-Up Shop Program is to help reactivate underutilized space in the downtown, create opportunities for retailers to test the market, draw more shoppers downtown and potentially generate long-term lease agreements on formerly vacant spaces.
The Tim Packer Gallery opens its doors on Wednesday, April 4th and will feature Packer’ originals and giclee reproductions. To to celebrate the launch of the gallery all originals and giclee reproductions will be discounted by 20% in the opening week. Packer also plans on offering workshops at the gallery and publishing services for other artists.
The artist’s wife Diane and both of his sons Cameron and Scott work for the business making Tim packer Fine Arts a family business in the true sense of the word. The boys handle the publishing and video production while Diane looks after the accounting. Packer plans on being at the gallery painting 3 or 4 days a week and welcomes the opportunity to chat with fans while working. The gallery will be open from noon until 7:00 pm from Wednesday to Friday and from noon until 5:00 pm on weekends.
If you would like more information please call Tim Packer at 289 – 200 – 4709 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Downtown Oshawa BIA PopUp Program please call Angela Mittoni at 905 – 576 – 7606 or e-mail at email@example.com