New Coria Jacobs gallery prepares for first show

Franklin’s new contemporary art gallery, the Coria Jacobs Gallery, will open its first show, titled “Arts In Common,” which will highlight artists in Pennsylvania — “the Commonwealth.”

The opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday inside the gallery’s space at the Liberty Vault, 1243 Liberty St., Suite 103, Franklin.

Showcasing both two- and three-dimensional media, the event will feature an artist meet-and-greet, silent art auction, raffles, music and refreshments.

The gallery, owned by artists Stephanie Coria and Reid Jacobs, held its grand opening in May. However, this is its first full exhibition.

While this show focuses on Pennsylvania artists, in general, “we find artists from all over,” Coria said, and that the gallery tries to help artists and emerging artists who might not have had a show.

The gallery exhibits many different media, and both owners work in three-dimensional media. Jacobs, Coria’s fiance, is a glassblower, and Coria does mainly ceramics. “We try to make it so all art is on the same plane,” Coria said.

The gallery also does consultations and digital renderings to help clients decide which art to place in a space, and it works between artists and clients on commissions.

“What I think was really the inspiration for our gallery…is we aim to make art affordable, so everybody can come in and go out with something. And I love that our artists keep that in mind, as well,” she said.

Meanwhile, the owners are renovating a room in the basement of the Liberty Vault to use as a glassblowing studio with a ceramics area. Coria said, eventually, they hope to hold classes there.

The “Arts In Common” show is scheduled to run through at least November. Although pre-registration is preferred for Friday night’s opening, Coria said there will be the option to pay at the door.