Established in 1975 as a fine art gallery, the Ryan Gallery is celebrating itsí
30th anniversary. Gene Fisher purchased the building, a 1940ís
farmhouse, and added a spacious main room to create the upper level of the
gallery as it is today. The gallery was then called Oceanside Gallery and Mr.
Fisher successfully operated it for several years. The gallery was then leased
and managed by artist Arlon Gilliland and his wife Phyllis for about 2 years.
About 1984 artist Dale Gehrman purchased and ran the gallery until 1986 when the
gallery was again sold, this time to Tom and Susan Ryan. Susan Ryan had been a
successful artist in the gallery and southeast United States for 10 years. Tom
was ready to leave the corporate world so owning the gallery seemed like a good
idea for both of them.
other changes, the Ryans added the deck in the wooded backyard and remodeled the
upstairs with new windows. They successfully ran the business for 18 years,
changing the name to Ryan Gallery. Ready to really retire, the Ryans sold the
gallery to Steve Hoover and his wife Emily Rogers, their former manager, in
2003. The name will remain Ryan Gallery, however it will continue to be
remodeled, evolve and change.