Step inside Mystic’s newest gallery, and you’ll find works of art from across the country and around the world. This gem in Mystic is named Curated, and the owners, Pamela Stone-Duggan and her husband, Peter, have carved a unique niche in the downtown landscape. Eleven hundred square feet of beautifully displayed artwork is a pleasant surprise as you step through the door of beautifully decorated space at 29 West Main Street.
Pamela radiates joy in her surroundings, and rightly so. After a career in marketing, public relations, and design for fine and performing arts, she is now able to immerse herself in the hands-on side of art. “My best friend Haleh and I are incredibly visual, and we are seekers of things that are beautiful and well-crafted and unusual.... unfound treasures,” says Pamela. When she and her husband moved from California to Mystic, their desire was to discover beautiful art and goods to share with others. That’s what Curated is all about.
Throughout the gallery, the eclectic collection includes watercolors, jewelry, Impressionist oil paintings, ceramic and bronze sculpture, leatherwork, fine Irish woolens from Peter’s hometown in Galway, Ireland, and even vintage Moroccan rugs.
First Fridays meet and greet with artists are new for Curated and are already very popular events. “We serve light hors d’oeuvres and Prosecco — it’s a party. We bring in live music, generally classical or Flamenco guitar,” says Pamela. The gallery features not only world-renowned artists and artisans, but new and emerging talent.
The first event of the season featured Uno de 50 jewelry from Madrid, and was so popular that they will be back again on July 7 with a trunk show.
On June 2, the gallery featured Samuel Austin from Boulder, Colorado. “He’s a watercolor and ballpoint pen artist,” says Pamela. “His work (seen at right) is incredibly detailed. Many of his pieces I’ve seen in the past have song lyrics written and woven throughout the art. There are hidden messages and hidden images. He’s an architect and a musician, and combines everything in his art.” She laughs. “He’s also a beekeeper and some of his pieces will have a coating of wax from his beehives. His work is fascinating.”
The First Friday for August 4 will feature either Roxanne Rossi or Mary Neville. Rossi works with layered papers to texture her acrylic paintings and cast paper work. Neville’s art includes a variety of media: acrylic, pencil, and pastels which reflect her years in fashion, interior design, and architecture.
September will probably not include a First Friday, but a similar event will be on a different weekend to include German artist, Frauke Klatt. Using an unusual technique, Klatt paints on sailcloth; some of her acrylic works incorporate sand to enhance the wild, stormy mood for which she is known.
In November and December, the gallery will be working with high school students on an exciting competition that will culminate in an opportunity to display and sell their work alongside major artists such as Fernando Suarez, Andre Kohn, Paola Grizi, and Nicola Godden to name a few.
It’s an exciting venture, and one the couple share a mutual love for.
Peter’s blue eyes twinkle and his soft Irish voice is colored with admiration for Pamela’s talent at filling the room with items that flaunt skilled craftsmanship, warmth, and sophistication. “It’s a welcoming place,” he says. “And she does an amazing job.” Peter’s pride in what he and his wife have built is so important that they share everything with Peter’s family back in Ireland. Pamela smiles and mentions that Peter’s dad is a sports celebrity, and follows everything Peter does. Celebrity? She nods. “Jimmy Duggan. He’s heading to the Hurling Hall of Fame, and he’s so proud of Peter.”
While Pamela tends to the creative side, Peter is the backbone of the business, according to Pamela. Peter’s background is supply chain management for the high-tech industry and he has become very integrated with the local community working with the other businesses on the First Friday concept. He also serves on the board of directors for the Downtown Mystic Merchants Association.
“He’s the face of the company,” says Pamela. “He is constantly encouraging and putting the word out — making it happen.”
Curated is located at 29 West Main St., Mystic. For more information, visit curated.world or call 800-249-0129.
Writer Toni Leland contributed to this story.
Uno de 50 Trunk Show back by popular demand scads of beautiful pieces from various collections & bubbly
Visiting artist Roxanne Rossi, Creator Dress Collection at Curated. Roxanne Rossi is a contemporary artist working in both acrylic mixed media painting and cast paper. Her studio, Paper Clouds, is found in both Denver, and a new studio in Tucson Arizona. She consistently works to develop her visual language in mixed media. Her current work is exploring the use of layered papers to create textures and subtle imagery in both her acrylic paintings and her cast paper work. Roxanne is part of the Denver Convention Center, IMA Financial, Collegiate Peaks Bank, and several other permanent art collections. She has shown in a variety of cities in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, and New York.