The home of Estonian jewelry, A-Gallery, will be 27 years old today. As a jewelry store and exhibition space, A-Gallery represents more than a hundred professional jewelry artists.
“Founding A-Gallery was a bold undertaking in its time. With our enthusiasm, we were also a guide to other applied arts disciplines. Combining different generations of metal artists, offering equal sales opportunities and creative activities to everyone has been the key to A-Gallery’s strength and survival for many years,” says Ene Valter, the founder and chairman of A-Gallery.
A-Gallery was founded in 1994 by jewellery artists who run the gallery to this day. The founding meeting of the gallery took place at the end of 1993. There were 32 founding members, including Ene Valter, Ülle Kõuts, Urve Küttner, Andrei Balašov, Mari Pärtelpoeg and Aino Kapsta. Later, 48 artists in total acquired shares of the enterprise. On May 10, 1994, A-Gallery opened its doors in the building of the Estonian Artists’ Union on Hobusepea Street (current location of HOP-gallery) where it stayed until 2005.
In its current location, on the corner of Hobusepea and Pikk streets, A-Gallery has been located since 2005. Today, A-Gallery has become a unique meeting point where one can get acquainted with the creations of over a hundred different authors.
“For me, A-Gallery is a home of Estonian art jewelry and a place where my work meets different artists and generations. I would say that it is a perfect timeline, every visitor gets a nice overview,” says the artist Claudia Lepik.
Each handmade piece of jewelry in A-Gallery is unique and made with a masterful technique. What makes A-Gallery even more special is the fact that many artists create their pieces right above the gallery where many artists have their studios.