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It's a sign: New London gallery reopens under new name

New London — It's a sign of art to come.

John Wilson, owner of Sign Craft, his daughter Jillian and his brother Willy worked together Wednesday to put up the sign for the new Thames River Gallery on Bank Street after removing the original Gallery at Firehouse Square sign. Owner John Johnson closed the Gallery at Firehouse Square two years ago but has reopened it under the new name.

“I never wanted to close the storefront,” Johnson said in a news release. “This property has always been a strong presence at this end of Bank Street, and I was waiting for the right timing to reopen.”

The gallery will "showcase and promote artists of all genres and their work," according to the release.

The first exhibit, opening on April 15 and running until June 3, will feature two regional model makers — Roger Marshall of Jamestown, R.I., and Tod Johnstone of Stonington — and displays of their intricate and realistic ship models.

That will be followed by the June 15 opening of a feature on artist Tony Falcone’s oil paintings depicting the history of the United States Coast Guard from WWII through Sept. 11, 2001, "commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard Alumni Association and the Class of 1962 for the Coast Guard Academy in New London," according to the release.



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