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The Annie Bolling Gallery

By Kricket Murnahan · March 10th, 2004 · Gallery Hop
Definitely upscale, featuring contemporary work from local and international artists, the Annie Bolling Gallery has a different feel than most galleries around town. Not a typical location for avid gallery-goers, Bolling Gallery lives within M. Willis Interiors in a strip mall in Oakley. While the location is mundane, the artwork is far from it. From paintings to sculpture to photography, the art in this gallery is rich and refreshingly unique.

The gallery itself is only a small portion of the entire store, with a majority of the space dedicated to high-end furniture, antiques and unusual accessories from all over the world. "By combining all these things with the art gallery, we are taking a 360-degree approach to decorating," says Bree Lehman, gallery administrator.

A recent exhibit celebrated African art, with works by Corey and Aaron Jefferson, along with African antiques and artifacts.

It was a colorful combination of the old and the new, incorporating sculpture, painting and intricate masks for an unbelievable exhibit that showcased the progression of African art with tireless talent.

The gallery is also generous in its endeavors, generating donations for various charities. The African exhibit raised money for an AIDS outreach program. May's exhibit, Three Women with a Cause, benefits breast cancer research.

With M. Willis Interiors, Bolling Gallery offers an adventure for enthusiasts who like lovely things. With so much in one space, it's a rare find full of elusive (and expensive) worldly treasures.

The AnnieBolling Gallery
Address: 3235 Madison Road, Oakley

First opened: November 2002

Hours: 10a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday

Next exhibit: Within Chaos There Is No Mistake: works of Eduardo Monteagudo (March 13-31). Opening: Saturday, 7-10 p.m.

Contact: 513-871-2100, www.mwillisinteriors.com



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