Hudson Fine Art and Framing opens in new location downtown

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- Residents hoping to visit Hudson Fine Art and Framing in the Brewster Mansion will need to slightly alter their course.

The art and framing business, which had been located in the mansion, 9 Aurora St. since it began almost 10 years ago, has moved.

The new address is 160 N. Main St., in what was formerly Hattie's Café and Gifts, which closed late last year.

Hudson Fine Art and Framing opened in its new location May 10, according to owner Kathy Johnson of Hudson. The store was closed May 5 to 9 for the move.

Recently Johnson was approached by another downtown merchant who suggested the open spot would be a good location for the shop. At first Johnson was not interested in moving.

"Then I looked at the space and I loved it," Johnson said.

Johnson, who has an artistic background and a degree in Kent State University in painting and sculpting, is hoping for a May 31 grand opening at the store. Visitors to the grand opening will receive a free poster of Hudson while supplies last.

The move brought a slight change in Saturday hours, Johnson said.

The shop will expand its Saturday times one hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shop will be open Mondays through Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday hours are from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The new location is more wide open, according to Johnson.

"Before, in the mansion, we had our workroom in the basement," Johnson said. "Now we have our work room on the first floor. We can see the customers and they can see us working. It's just a better set-up."

The open space will allow for more artists and for a better viewing of art during shows, Johnson said.

"Before it was very crowed," Johnson said. "Now you have the chance to stand back and look at the art, the way it should be looked at."

The shop also will be bringing in new and different artists, including a sculptor who works in wood. The shop also will feature the works of Hudson Home and Garden Tour plein air artists at a June 14 exhibit from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The featured artists will have created their works during the June 12 and 13 paint out during the tours.

"That will be our first big show," Johnson said.

The shop also shares a door with the Open Door Coffee Company in the same building.

Deborah Pinnell, co-owner of the Open Door Coffee Company, said she shop is thrilled have access to Johnson's shop.

The coffee shop also will feature one artist a month and on some Fridays, the coffee shop will offer live music.

"There will be acoustic music, coffee and art," Pinnell said. "The whole this will be a nice wrap around."

For more information visit Hudson Fine Art and Framing's Facebook page or call 330-650-2800.

Email: ttroglen@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9435

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