Her space on 3rd Street includes a small studio space and a larger gallery filled with jewelry she’s made and other art from local creatives. She’s started hosting monthly “Maker Meet-Ups”—events for Winona creatives to connect, talk shop, and build the connections essential for a vibrant arts scene. Jovy wants people to feel welcome and comfortable asking for advice; she sees her space as a hub for that. She’ll host pop-up shops with other artists, even if they don’t have art at her gallery, and provide wine and snacks. A new coworking space is opening up next door, and she’s been talking with the owner about how to collaborate and bring more creatives into the offices.
Artists on Main Street and her gallery have a multiplier effect, building off each other’s energy, and leaving a powerful impression in people’s minds.
When Jovy heard about Artists on Main Street through Facebook, she hadn’t yet opened up her gallery, but it deepened her conviction about doing so. “The Third Space grant got me really fired up. I’m not going to lie,” she enthusiastically said. All of a sudden, there was a resurgence in excitement about looking at downtown for her gallery, and she felt even more confident that downtown was the place she wanted to be. Though she was too busy with opening her own location to apply for a grant, Artists on Main Street wound up achieving exactly the effect she anticipated—and then some. By pure coincidence, her gallery opened the same day as Shut Down 3rd Street, the block party in downtown Winona funded by Artists on Main Street. She was a sponsor for the event, and had over 200 people walk through her doors that first day.