Seal Rock couple open Peephole Gallery-Studio in Yachats

Joyce Centofanti and Robert Conway's community-based creative space will have a soft opening Wednesday

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EDITOR’S NOTE: “Seal Rock couple open Peephole Gallery-Studio in Yachats” was published originally on Oct. 17, 2021, by YachatsNew.com, an ArtsWatch Community Partner. ArtsWatch is republishing the piece with permission.

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A new art space opens Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Yachats, offering opportunities for creating art as well as selling and buying works.

Peephole Gallery-Studio is at 502 Highway 101 N., in the space next to that formerly occupied by The Laughing Crab, which moved to Florence.

Robert Conway and Joyce Centofanti of Seal Rock are owners of the new Peephole Gallery in Yachats. Photo by: Cheryl Romano/YachatsNews.com
Robert Conway and Joyce Centofanti of Seal Rock are owners of the new Peephole Gallery in Yachats. Photo by: Cheryl Romano/YachatsNews.com

Owned by Joyce Centofanti and Robert Conway of Seal Rock — who are partners in life and in the gallery — the 1,150-square-foot space will have a “soft” informal opening Oct. 27. A grand opening date is not yet set.

The space is about evenly divided: one side will feature high-end fine art, and the other will function as a studio and workshop area, plus selling goods such as ceramics, cards, and prints.

Centofanti is an artist and educator, and Conway owns Coast Equipment in Waldport. They bought the space in late February but have been delayed in opening by COVID restrictions and obtaining building permits. Centofanti will be focusing on the business, her first venture into running an art gallery.

“We hope this will be an active environment” with workshops and “somewhat community-based” she said.

And that intriguing name? “The Peephole” is the name of Conway’s boat, and the term is rooted in works by novelist Kurt Vonnegut. In some of Vonnegut’s books, when someone is born they have their “peephole opened” and when they die, Vonnegut writes, that the person had their “peephole closed.”

Contact information: Peephole Gallery-Studio: 502 Highway 101 N. Phone 458-546-9072; email info@peepholegallery.com

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