Claire Marlow always wanted her own business, so when Goedicke's Custom Framing & Art Supply went on sale last November, she jumped at the opportunity.
Marlow always had a passion for the arts. What better than this iconic arts and craft shop in downtown Casper that had been open for nearly 60 years?
Marlow made the purchase, and went to work. She remodeled it, cleaned out the old inventory, swept out the dust and dirt, and gave the shop her own twist.
"It definitely had old charm, but it needed some new life," Marlow said.
After 11 months of preparation and planning, of lifting, moving and organizing, Marlow re-opened Goedicke's last Friday, equipped with a brand new addition to the store that she can call her own.
It's called Scarlow's. It's an art gallery.
"The gallery kind of just evolved," Marlow said. "When (my husband and I) bought the business, I knew I wanted to do something with that space. And really within the last three months, I just started talking to artists to see if they would be interested, and it was really just a monster of its own. It just kind of took over."
Its inaugural exhibition features work mainly from local artists. All of the art is for sale, and shows will last about three months.
Marlow is thrilled to showcase the local art, as well as introduce the area to new names that are not as well-known. She hopes to fill the void left with the closure of The Corridor, a former art gallery in downtown Casper.
"When Corridor closed down I thought, well, that’s a huge hole down here, because that was big for the artist community," Marlow said. "We had the space (to have a gallery), so I thought, 'Why the heck not?'"
Along with showcasing art, Marlow said the gallery can be used to host events, fundraisers and dinners. But instead of looking too far into the future, she is simply focused on running her own business.
"I’m in an interesting position owning an art supplies store and a frame shop in that I get to talk to all the artists, whether they’re professional or amateur or students," she said. "So I kind of get to know what’s going on around town.
"The best part is just to see the change, and just to hear that people appreciate it."