MACHIAS – In a effort to revitalize downtown Machias. One local owner is looking to make an impact through art.
“I like to make sure everything next to each other is different,” said Sandi Malagara, the owner of Expressions, an art and crafts gallery located on Main Street.
In this art gallery, is a woman with a passion for expressions.
“It’s every form of expression – art is expression,” she said.
Last year she opened her gallery, so that local artists like herself have the opportunity to showcase their work.
“I’m very blessed that I was able to take what I love doing and expand it and include other people,” said Malagara, “I get to get up everyday and be surrounded by beautiful art – talk to wonderful people.”
She’s bringing art to Machias by temporarily utilizing a building that is scheduled to be torn down. But this pop-up shop owner has a great outlook on this agreement.
“I was like, I can try it out. If it works, I’ll find someplace else to go,” she said, “If I hate it, then it will get over in no time.”
But she’s loving it.
“It’s such an opportunity to express yourself without limits,” said Malagara, “There’s no right way or wrong way.”
Whether it is a painting or something knitted. The art she chooses to display in her store, all tell a story.
“I don’t really see it as selfless. I see it as selfish because I get to enjoy it and be around it and find out the stories behind it,” she said.