When Bev Kesterson became frustrated after holding several framing jobs in the 1980s, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Disappointed by the lack of service and framing quality being offered to customers at the time by her employers, she decided they deserved better and opened Bev's Fine Art in North Raleigh. The gallery and shop has been providing fine art, custom mirrors, consultation services, and custom framing services to satisfied clients for 28 years now.
"We have a passion for selecting and showcasing art that emanates superior quality, artistry, and craftsmanship," Andrew Barbari, the gallery's marketing assistant, said. "We pride ourselves on our diverse selection, so when visiting the gallery, you'll see a wide variety of art from contemporary abstracts to traditional landscapes. We want to make anything you choose to display on your walls beautiful and for it to compliment you and your home."
Visitors will discover a variety of inventory, over 2,000 pieces, for sale at any given time in the 4,000 square-foot gallery from original oils, pastels, and watercolors to hand blown glass art by both local and world renowned artists. The gallery also stocks limited-edition serigraphs, giclees, and sculptures made of bronze, metal, clay, or other materials.
"We are always changing up the gallery and showcasing different art throughout the year," Barbari said. "In fact, we host multiple shows and exhibitions to try and showcase different artists and their styles."
Bev's Fine Arts hosts regular events that not only give the local community a chance to meet a featured artist, but to also try their hand at creating art themselves. An upcoming May workshop will be hosted by Florida mixed media artist Mary Hong, who will teach participants how to create a work of art from recycled glass. Past events have included an etching show and printmaking lecture, and a holiday-themed evening featuring local craft beer and wine.
In addition to supplying art for individual buyers, Bev's Fine Art also works with businesses. As a turnkey art solution, the staff gives business owners personalized and customized service to ensure a piece is a perfect fit for their establishment. They also offer free consultations to all customers, and can even bring examples of work to a home to demonstrate how it will look in the living space. Clients may also work with Bev's Fine Art to commission a piece from their favorite artist, and installation of any purchased piece is complimentary.
In keeping with Bev Kesterson's commitment, the art gallery is known for its high quality custom framing services. The in-house framer has over 20 years of experience, and handmade frames are available that are as unique as the art or object to be displayed.
"If you're looking to frame a piece of art you purchased, maybe reframe a diploma, or display your wedding dress in a shadowbox with custom lighting, we can frame it," Barbari said. "We accept the challenge of any project and work to provide craftsmanship you really won't find anywhere else."
Bev's Fine Art has flourished thanks to word of mouth marketing from many satisfied customers. The gallery invites anyone in the Raleigh area to visit or come to one of their events.
"We really consider ourselves an exciting place to discover and experience art because of our artists and their range of work," Barbari said. "We encourage everyone to join our monthly newsletter by visiting our website to learn more about our gallery, art, and artists events and to receive exclusive information about upcoming events."