Our Story

The Harrison Gallery street view

Opened in May, 2001, The Harrison Gallery has established itself amongst fine art galleries in Williamstown, MA as a destination for travelers, a constant for residents, and a quality source of fine artists. Founded by Jo Ellen Harrison, Williams College '79, in an inspired return to the art world, the gallery fills a previously vacant gap in a culturally charged area. Surrounded by The Clark Art Institute, The Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA, The Harrison Gallery is about bringing art home. The philosophy of The Harrison Gallery is to honor the spirit of art in all of us, and the collection therefore offers a range of affordability with the same discrimination for the beauty and value of the objects.

We believe art enhances lives, and therefore our collection is approachable, varied, and distinctive. W e serve to nurture the relationship between the artist, the art, and the art lover—to connect the internal and external communities of The Harrison Gallery.

The Harrison Gallery specializes in contemporary American artists, with a focus on landscapes. The works are created by traditional New England painters, American Impressionists, photographers, watercolorists, and mixed media artists. The Harrison Gallery prides itself in representing a wide variety of styles to serve diverse tastes. The gallery's collection also includes etchings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and fine art ceramics. With both local pride and an international scope, our artists range from Williamstown talent to Berkshire residents, the New York School to the California School , and a handful of international artists.

Inside the Harrison Gallery 

 

Each month a new show opens in the north gallery space, highlighting a large body of work by one artist or multiple artists. Past shows include Susan Read Cronin, Hale Johnson, Gracia Dayton, Chet Kalm, Mary Sipp Green, Tsaja Owen, John Terelak, and New York artists Stephen Hannock and Tom Slaughter, among others. Five artists - Paul Goldberg, Mark Davis, Brother Thomas Bezanson, B.A. King and Hideaki Miyamura - are shown in collaboration with the Pucker Gallery, Boston.

The art form known as 'crafts' – having shed its image as a poor cousin to the fine arts --is now being displayed alongside traditional paintings and sculpture at the Harrison Gallery in Williamstown. Featuring seven artists, these craft objects are popular as gifts because they're handmade and exclusive.

The work of the Custom Framing Studio specializes in high quality custom framing services for both residential and commercial customers. With our helpful knowledge and experience, each client achieves a design that honors and enhances the object. Custom framing services such as hand-painted borders, mirrors, and object boxes are also available.

The Harrison Gallery's reputation is built on quality, kindness, and service. With our dedication to providing an inviting space, we aspire to build long term relationships with our clients, turning the daily visitors into lifelong friends. We are greatly enthused and inspired by our artists, and hope to share our passion with the public.