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New gallery opens doors on Genesee Street

Sarah Panzarella is an artist. Then again, it kind of runs in the family ... just like having good business sense.

With both talents in her coffers, Panzarella welcomed the community into Imagine That ... on Friday evening for a grand opening of the new gallery on East Genesee Street.

"We're trying to do a fine art, fine craft gallery," she said, adding that the displays will include ceramics and fiber arts as well as traditional paintings and other media.

The gallery is a spin-off of Imagine, which is up the street and owned by her father, Joe Panzarella.

A wide open floor plan and clean white walls made the gallery appear bright and welcoming as residents and passers-by popped in for a quick look around, grabbed a snack and mingled with others.

"I had hoped for this kind of crowd," Panzarella said happily. "My husband and I are both artists so we tapped into the art circuit."

With the gallery appearing fully stocked with art and people, Panzarella said her favorite items are currently Seneca Falls artist Betsy Smith's paintings. As an artist appreciating art, Panzarella said she's in love with Smith's paintings and "the looseness and realness of the figures" in them.

"I'm really excited to be part of the community and work hand in hand with the community," Panzarella said.

The art on display is a mix of consigned pieces and pieces that were bought outright by the gallery owners.

The gallery is staffed full-time by Panzarella and her husband, Jeremy Randall, and four additional employees.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and is located at 38 E. Genesee St. in downtown Skaneateles. For more information, call Imagine That ... at 685-6264.

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