Press Release , written by Jenalyn Bush
Ruckus Art Gallery, located in downtown Bellingham, WA, has been a long dream in the making for owner and curator Alexei Ford. Ruckus has come into fruition after his 35 years of dedicating himself to art, architecture, building and design. The 2,000 sq. ft. professional art gallery has been meticulously curated with functional and fine art pieces. Inspired by the love of rust, leather, weathered wood, sterling silver and aged canvas Alexei has constructed a gallery of fine art that is quite exceptional. The gallery will show sculptures, one of a kind jewelry, furniture made from repurposed materials, oil paintings, and photography on canvas.
Ruckus will have a mercantile area with nostalgic toys, textiles, handbags, lighting and home accent pieces that fit with the rustic, yet contemporary theme of the gallery. Paired with the gallery opening was the launch of the Ruckus online market. Alexei’s ingenuity, visionary thinking and growth mindset will bring an increasing amount of the business online. With the increase of collectors purchasing art online, Ruckus has created a clean, aesthetically pleasing portal to help depict the art for sale.
Alexei Ford sparked by his eclectic upbringing, has had a lifelong enthusiasm for creating beautiful, inspiring and functional art. “I grew up in dramatically different social, environmental and structural landscapes,” begins Alexei when doing his best to describe a tumultuous upbringing in a humble manner. Moving a lot in his early years allowed Alexei the varied experiences a young boy might have living in a hippie school bus, teepee or a mansion in Highland Park, IL. The smells and noises of the farm on a sunny day and the gritty, hostile city life forged his aesthetic into what is today.
Ruckus will show art that is unique, collectible, and beautiful. “I love being able to collaborate with talented artists and help connect them with their audience and our customers,” says owner Alexei Ford. In this way the venue itself accentuates the artist’s work, and in turn their work establishes a rhythm in the gallery. Ruckus is looking forward to connecting with the Bellingham community through innovative events. The people will be able to see artist demonstrations, enjoy live music, play around in game nights, all while viewing the fine art for sale.
The gallery is currently showing the artwork of over 18 artists, many of whom are Whatcom locals. Jewelers Frank Goss and Sacha Bliese; painters Vivian Mazzola, Karen Frances, Mary Jo Maute, and Jim Gerlitz; and sculptors Jason Brown, Rafa Mithuna and Clarissa Callessen to name a few have their work at Ruckus. Let us share our special space with you, the gallery is now in business to host intimate gatherings for most occasions. Contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. For online sales go to the website www.ruckusartgallery.com . Ruckus summer hours will be Tuesday-Friday 12-6; Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-4.