A NEW space for local artists has officially opened its doors in Berridale.
Local artists Anthony Coxon and Pauline Syron-Coxon are the new proud owners of Berridale Art Gallery.
Mr Coxon is a sculptor while his wife creates contemporary Aboriginal dot artworks.
The busy couple purchased the building from local Brendan Wall just six weeks earlier and have spent their time since then renovating, painting and transforming the space into a new haven for local artists.
"I'm very grateful and overwhelmed with the support from the broad community," Ms Syron-Coxon said.
"The whole experience has just been a dream. I've been an artist for over 17 years and in the world of artists it's not that often you get the chance to have your own commercial art gallery, so this is an amazing achievement for myself and my husband."
The official opening of the gallery was held on Tuesday with a crowd of people who joined to support the family and local artists.
Local author Lee Taylor-Friend opened speeches and the Welcome to Country given by local Cooma Aboriginal artist, Peter Swain.
Member for Monaro John Barliaro MP officially opened the gallery with guest speaker from Lake Light Sculpture event manager Todd Costa.
Unfortunately Anthony Coxon was unable to attend the opening of his gallery, however it is just the beginning for the couple who have plans to extend the gallery further.
"We're planning to open up the rear of the gallery for sculptures in the Gardens," Ms Syron-Coxon explained.
"At this stage were just focusing on the gallery and the plans for the garden, and eventually we will explore with workshops and lessons."
Berridale Art Gallery is located at 1 Park St, Berridale, and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.