Being very active during the summer art show season, Paul’s clientele started building in Guelph and throughout southern Ontario. People started asking if he had a retail outlet where they could purchase his works. A corner of Paul’s garage became that place for a short time. Customers started coming every week, so he knew it was time for something bigger and better. Paul decided a second floor above his studio workshop would be the answer to his space problem.
In January 2009, construction began on the second floor for a 2,400 square foot gallery. It would include a Grand Room for large pieces, a large reception area at the front, and a “Wonky Wall” which could display more than 260 Mini Wonkies! In addition to an impressive interior, Paul wanted to make a statement with an exciting and intriguing exterior—an exterior that would intrigue people to come inside, visit and explore.
It was decided that the crazy pattern used in many of his wood products would be the face of all four exterior walls of the building.
Although grand, the Gallery is a forward-thinking design with many environmental considerations. Barn board from the siding of the previous Studio was dried, planed, tung and grooved, then used for the floor in the Grand Room. The original plywood roof was removed and painted to use inside for the ceiling of the Gallery. The building is comprised of 2 x 6 exterior walls with in-floor water heating. Energy efficient lights are used in the gallery with motion detection timers.
Construction of the Gallery concluded in October 2009, and opening night was during the Guelph Studio Tour Weekend that same month.