By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, MN For most of his working years, Dale Salmen of Dassel has been in the drywall business.
Nearing the age of retirement, he decided it was time for a change to a less physical line of work.
Salmen, along with his wife, Bev, recently opened the door to Seven Gables Gallery along Highway 12 in Dassel, next to Latté Da Coffee Shop.
The name was chosen for the style of roof, complete with seven gables.
Though not an artist himself, Salmen has always been interested in the business side of things. It just so happens his sister, Lynda Peterson, is an artist from Dassel, specializing in oil landscapes.
With a product to market, Salmen decided to open a gallery and offer Peterson’s work, along with other’s under one roof.
Another inspiration for Salmen has been walking through the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He described walking through there and seeing paintings from centuries ago.
“The feeling you get is timeless it seems to be as dramatic as it was then,” Salmen commented.
“It’s much more intimate than a picture to me,” he added.
Salmen also mentioned how impressed he has been with the success of the occasional stores in Dassel, and he wants to add to the climate.
The building had been purchased in November by Kenny and Keith Josephson, and together, they helped him remodel the space by changing the layout and making it more usable, Salmen said.
The current layout consists of a 576-square-foot space for the gallery in front, with an office space in the back.
The building opened officially April 11, during a spring blizzard. “It was the softest opening in the history of openings,” Salmen commented.
Currently, there are 35 paintings, including Peterson’s landscape and abstract oil paintings, offered for sale.
There are several other artists’ works exhibited throughout the gallery, including a few sculptures.
Seven Gables Gallery also plans to host featured artist events to showcase works by individual artists, as well as an upcoming grand opening (date to be determined).
Salmen said he also hopes to eventually offer framing.
The gallery’s hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gallery is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.
The website, though currently under construction, is sevengablesgallery.com