Turners Falls gallery Nina’s Nook closes after almost 10 years

  • Nina Rossi, owner of Nina’s Nook, at a 2016 show in her gallery on Avenue A in Turners Falls featuring art made out of toilet seats. The gallery and craft store has closed after almost 10 years. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

  • Nina Rossi, owner of Nina’s Nook, at a 2016 show in her gallery on Avenue A in Turners Falls featuring art made out of toilet seats. The gallery and craft store has closed after almost 10 years. Staff File Photo/Matt Burkhartt

Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2021 9:44:33 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Nina’s Nook, an art gallery and craft store that has been on Avenue A for almost 10 years, has closed for good after an indefinite closure that began with the coronavirus outbreak in March.

Owner Nina Rossi said that her time away from the business since March has led her to reconsider how she wants to spend her time, and that she ultimately decided she did not want to stay in the retail business.

“It takes a chunk of dedication,” Rossi said. “All of it can be fun. I really enjoyed what I did — giving people a chance to show their work in a unique space. But I’m ready to do other things.”

Rossi announced the closure last weekend on the store’s Facebook page.

Nina’s Nook opened in June of 2011, at an early point in what is sometimes called a trend of revitalization in Turners Falls, Rossi said. Rossi, who is herself an artist, said she had long dreamed of converting an unusual space into a unique art gallery.

“It was about giving expression to the idea of having a unique space filled with my art,” Rossi said. “Maybe it was part of something in the air. But it was more that I could actually do it at that time. I had the resources, and the time, and the freedom to devote to a project like that.”

Aptly named, Nina’s Nook was little wider than a hallway, but was stuffed with paintings, figurines and anything else that could possibly be considered art. The space primarily showed and sold work by local artists, and often was a stage for art with idiosyncratic sensibilities.

For example, the yearly “Triple S” show featured art of any material or subject matter, so long as it suited the show’s tagline — sensual, sexual, smut.

Rossi said she still leaves open the possibility of coordinating art shows with partners in other spaces.

“Hopefully somebody else will have an idea that needs a little incubator space,” she said of the Avenue A storefront’s future.

Rossi is a member of the Shelburne Falls Art Cooperative, and also sells her work online through Etsy.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-930-4231.


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