1.11.2011

A quiet, newish boutique on the West Side

From the Jan. 2-3 Saratogian:

One of Beekman Street’s newer residents is The Front Room Gallery, a boutique of handmade items, most made by Capital Region artists and many made of sustainable and recycled materials.

The gallery owner is 28-year-old Danica Lichtig, a jewelry-maker who has worked at Skidmore College’s Tang Museum and opened her business in the fall.

“A good opportunity presented itself and I took it,” said Lichtig, who grew up in Latham and returned to the area after studying art in New York City.

She displays modern contemporary artwork in a monthly rotation on the walls; most pieces cost around $100. Lichtig takes 40 percent of sales and artists get 60 percent.

Hand-dyed silk scarves, silk ties, crocheted hats, jewelry, photo cards, handbags and other pretty, unusual little items — such as a knitted cozy fit for a pint of ice cream — fill out the rest of the one-room gallery.

“People care about getting something handmade and that is a real piece of art,” Lichtig said. “With the economy downturn, people start to want to buy local and local does tend to be hand-made.”

The gallery’s location at 73 Beekman St. lives up to its name — it fronts the artist’s residence and studio that make up the rest of the house.

For more information, call The Front Room Gallery at 871-1828.

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