Frieda Linke’s two tier business and art gallery on the main street in Stayner displays the works of 17 local artists as well as her own.
Her venture began with her daughter, Arrin Wager, four years ago from their home studios in Stayner. Frieda also displayed her work at the Venders Market for almost two years before she decided to branch out and expand.
Frieda celebrated the Grand Opening of her business, Linkes Local Arts, in Stayner, on March 26, 2011. The store features a varied and well-rounded selection of artistic pieces from paintings, woodwork, glassware, and jewelry and fabric artwork from the works of traditional and non-traditional artist.
“You can be a beginner or you can be a professional. It’s all the same here,” says Frieda.
The gallery is part of Stayner’s welcoming downtown business core with displays of work from artists and artisans from this region. In every corner of this unique gallery you will find artistic creations.
Frieda embraces the growth of the art movement in and around the area and clearly has a passion for art and the community and she has always had a strong interest in the artistic world. “This is not a job to me, it’s a passion,” explains Freida.
Last year, Frieda founded Art in the Park which is sponsored by Stayner’s Chamber of Commerce and she is also a Chamber member. The next event is set for July 20th so be sure to check it out!
Influenced by the works of artists such as The Group of Seven, Robert Bateman and Frida Kirta, Frieda tries to put a part of her in each piece that she creates – hopes, fears, happiness and sadness. “All that makes artists who they are translates into the artwork we create,” she explains.
The encouragement Frieda has received from her family members has given her inspiration especially from her mother, Helen, who always believed in her talent even when she doubted herself.
“Mom never got to see how far I’ve come, but I feel her spirit and sometimes I hear a soft whisper, ‘good going kid’,” says Frieda.
Frieda describes her artwork as ‘Contemporary Realism’ and works with acrylic and oil paints, pastel, charcoal and pencil. She sells her work mostly out of the studio; however, you will also find her work throughout online galleries and on her website http://linkeslocalarts.com/.
Fill your home with one of kind artistic creations or buy something for that special someone who will cherish it for years to come. Stop in at Linkes Local Arts for all of your art supply needs and if you can’t find what you want, Frieda will be more than happy to order what you need.
7293 Hwy. 26 Stayner