Art on 7th Acquires The Gallery at Flat Rock

We are pleased to announce that effective June 1, 2024, The Gallery at Flat Rock will be under the ownership of Julie and Phil Wilmot, owners of Art on 7th in Hendersonville, NC. Suzanne Camarata, owner and proprietor of The Gallery at Flat Rock, opened the art and craft gallery in 2015. She plans to spend more time in her hometown Dallas, to be close to her aging parents and other family members.

“When Suzanne came to us proposing we take on the gallery, we understood the power of her conviction to return home to Texas,” says Julie Wilmot. “The fact that she has entrusted us with the task of carrying on what she has worked tirelessly to accomplish is quite humbling.”
The Gallery at Flat Rock, located in Flat Rock Square in the space that once served as the cafeteria for the now-closed Flat Rock High School, has become a well-loved venue for viewing local and regional artists’ work in its nearly 10 years of business. The gallery has hosted the popular Art in Bloom exhibit annually since 2015 and is the site of regularly changing exhibitions and community-oriented events.
“It is with a heavy heart that I close the door on this chapter in my life,” says Camarata. “Yet I am so pleased that Julie and Phil will be the stewards for the gallery in this next chapter. They are such soulful advocates of the arts, and I’m confident that they’ll continue the gallery’s tradition of working with artists to create a vibrant local art scene that can be enjoyed by our entire community.”
Julie Wilmot adds that it was an easy decision to step up to honor and continue Camarata’s legacy and “her invaluable contribution to this community.” The Wilmots opened Art on 7th, located in the Historic Seventh Avenue District, in 2021. The gallery showcases contemporary art in a variety of mediums.
“Phil and I have no intention of changing anything about The Gallery at Flat Rock,” she says. “We are deeply committed to her artists, collectors, and this community, and steadfastly pledge to sustain what has been her steady vision these past years.”
We look forward to greeting our friends and followers at The Gallery at Flat Rock, and appreciate all the support you’ve given Art on 7th over the past few years. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for all of us!
Julie & Phil Wilmot

We have much more to share about upcoming events at The Gallery at Flat Rock, and updates on the reopening of Art on 7th after the streetscape reaches completion. Please stay tuned!

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