Two decades ago, after studying abroad in Italy, Laura Grenning opened Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor. This year the gallery celebrates its 20-year anniversary. We caught up with the founder to learn more about the journey.
What were your hopes when you opened?
The gallery was inspired by the desire to show the amazing artists that I’d met and to build a life on the East End. After studying in Florence, I felt very strongly that the world needed to see what was happening there.
Has anything surprised you about running a gallery?
I was pleased, but not surprised, that I found a critical mass of clients that shared my awe in the paintings and the sculptures. The most surprising thing, though, is that we created a community of painters and patrons that extends around the world.
Are there any exhibitions that you are most excited about this summer?
I am thrilled to be showing Nelson H. White in early July and Ben Fenske on July 29. Nelson was my mentor when I returned from Asia in 1995 and then in 1996, and it was his advice that led me to Italy. Ben is the painter’s painter, and one of the finest young artists of this generation.
Grenning Gallery is located at 17 Washington St. in Sag Harbor, New York; 631.725.8469