Glen Rose has nurtured fine artists and housed fine art in private collections for years. But this week marks a turning point — area artists now have a beautiful space in Glen Rose to show and sell their work.

A fine art gallery, the White Buffalo Gallery in the historic Campbell Building downtown, will open to showcase the work of local sculptor Robert Summers as well as other distinguished artists who work in a variety of media, including oil, watercolor, pastels and bronze sculpture. Handcrafted jewelry and fine collection knives also will be on display and for sale in the gallery.

A wine and cheese reception will be held Friday at 6 p.m. The event is timed to coincide with Glen Rose’s three-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The public is invited.

Jeannie Lane, who grew up in Glen Rose, bought the building as an investment in Glen Rose’s future and dreamed of opening a gallery. Over many months she and renovation specialist Mario Luis Cossio worked to convert the space into a gallery, installing pedestals, lighting and other fixtures. They salvaged wood from the historic building and used it in the ceiling.

The result is a spacious, light-filled gallery for exhibiting works by Texas artists in a space that complements the square's rustic charm.

Among those represented at the gallery are Dina Gregory, a pastel artist who lives in Eulogy; Vickie Guthrie of Bluff Dale; Teal Blake of Weatherford; Robert Fobear of Whitney; sculptor Jeff Gottfried of Keene; Mary Tomas of Dallas; and Sherry Jo Horton, a realist painter who once had a gallery on Barnard Street and now lives in New York.

“I see Glen Rose becoming a small-town art mecca,” Lane said. “ I’d like to give back to where I came from. We had one artist (Summers) here become successful and then others and we need to have a venue to show and sell their art.”

Behind the main gallery is a back space that also will be available for special shows and can be rented for dinners, receptions and other events.

Gregory said she was delighted that there's now a fine art gallery close to home and said she hoped the gallery and the increasing amount of art-related activities in Glen Rose would draw more artists to the area.

“It’s the right time, it’s the right size and it’s close to the Metroplex,” Gregory said of the gallery. “Being a plein-air (outdoor) painter, I am very hopeful to get more artists to come here and see the area's beauty.

“This is just a blessing,” Gregory added. “It’s so special to have this right here and have it be so first-class.”