Local art house exhibits unique pieces and methods

From a doughnut-selling trailer to upscale restaurants and artsy shops, downtown Lynchburg boasts a number of unique attractions for both tourists and locals. One such venue is 5th Street Art House, a cooperative art gallery that showcases the work of local artists.

Located at 520 Fifth Street, the gallery exhibits more than ordinary arts and crafts. Instead, 5th Street Art House boasts the intricate and “finer” projects of local artists, including 3-D pieces, according to Jonathan Baker, the founder of the art house. The downtown exhibit currently houses the work of 14 artists.

5th Street Art House also offers flame-working and glass blowing workshops, an opportunity no other Lynchburg attraction currently offers, according to Baker. In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities as founder of the gallery, Baker, who picked up the craft of glass blowing during his college years, teaches tutorials on the method.

According to Baker, he is drawn to glass blowing because he is able to see simple materials turned into detailed glass objects and pieces of art. Baker said that what was once merely a “fun and relaxing” hobby has turned into a fulfilling career.

In addition to 3-D and glass works, 5th Street Art House also displays hand-carved fiber wood, pottery glass furniture, handcrafted journals, photography and much more.

According to Liberty University student Shelby Sayer, who is double majoring in journalism and advertising/public relations, the gallery offers a place for local students to see and experience a wide variety of art and the methods used to create the pieces on display.

“I have never heard of the 5th Street Art House until a few weeks ago,” Sayer said. “I love the creative aspect of art pieces made from wood and glass blowing. My friend told me about all of the artists that have pieces there, and I can’t wait to see what I find.”

According to Baker, 5th Street Art House welcomes any local artists interested in promoting their art or handmade goods. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information on 5th Street Art House, call 434-528-5724 or visit facebook.com/5thStreetArtHouse.

TAYLOR is a feature reporter.

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