Ridgefield Pride Art Gallery will open in downtown Ridgefield this fall.

When it does it will fill the storefront left vacant by William Raveis’ departure in 2018.

“We believe that an arts education should be about giving artists an opportunity to sell their work,” said Dee Dee Colabella, who opened Ridgefield Pride Arts Center (RPAC) at 424R Main Street above 850 Degrees Wood Fired Restaurant over the weekend.

RPAC and Ridgefield Pride Art Gallery will be sister businesses.

“The right education teaches them how to make this a career, not just fine tune skills. We researched ways to get into galleries and we found it’s very difficult. It’s all about timing. That’s why we wanted to create a gallery to showcase artists’ work,” said Colabella. “It’s a huge benefit to have a gallery to show your work in, and that’s what they get with us.”

Colabella has already filled four of the six private resident artist spaces at RPAC, as well as eight of the 15 semi-private spaces available.

“Everything has just clicked into place,” she said. “It’s cosmic. ... This is exactly what I envisioned.”

To read more about both businesses pickup a copy of Thursday’s Ridgefield Press.

For more information, contact Ridgefield Pride Art Center at 203-273-7455 or via email info@ridgefieldprideartcenter.com.