Pursuing a new business direction, Helena Fox Fine Art recently relocated from Queen Street to 53 Broad St., above Handsome Properties. The new, more intimate space provides the opportunity for owner Helena Fox and director Erin Connal to work on off-site projects and have more flexibility while still representing artists like West Fraser, Terry Dunlap, and Donald Demers.

When the Queen Street building was up for renewal, both Fox and Connal felt it was time for a change. “We didn’t want to be locked in. We wanted to be more pro-active,” Connal says. The new location is less a retail gallery than a place for consulting and sales.

The new two-room salon, which opened shortly after the New Year, has exposed brick walls, an open fireplace, and a bay window. The change in scenery and the opportunity to include more artists nationwide has both Fox and Connal looking forward to what 2011 will bring. Currently, the salon showcases works like West Fraser’s representational outdoor paintings, Kent Ullberg’s wildlife bronze sculptures, Sarah Amos’ jewelry, and Joseph Paquet’s luminescent paintings.

While the salon is open to the public, Connal does advise customers to call ahead if you have something specific in mind so they can better accompany your taste. “We want to make sure that our wall space has exactly what our customers want to view. We tend to change things up a bit,” Connal says. The salon is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays by appointment. Go to helenafoxfineart.com or call (843) 723-0073 for more information.

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