PRESTONSBURG — A local furniture store has found a unique way contribute to the community — by using its floor space as a gallery to promote regional artists.
Ray Howard Furniture will hold an art showing Saturday night, from 7 to 9 p.m., spotlighting the works or Laura and Louis Noe, from central Kentucky. The first-ever “gallery night” is being promoted as a way to “celebrate and recognize the talent which abounds from artists across the state of Kentucky.”
“We wanted to try something new, something different, to support our community,” said Stacy Howard Slone, granddaughter of store founder Ray Howard, who, along with grandson Jim Carter III, took over management of the store following the 2010 death of store president Pete Howard. “We presently have works on display by artists from across the state, and we encourage all of our many local artists who would like to display or sell their pieces to give us a call or send us a message on our Facebook page.”
Ray Howard Furniture has been in business for 85 years, starting out as Howard Furniture before being renamed Ray Howard Furniture in 1961. Since the change in management in 2010, the store has added a new look, new furniture lines and a certified sleep center, but the core business model remains the same.
“Quality service and customer satisfaction are the backbone of Ray Howard Furniture, and we want to reinforce that message to our former, current and future customers in Eastern Kentucky,” Howard said. “We still carry many of the same quality brands, such as King Hickory and Imperial Bedding, which are made in the U.S.A., and we feel it’s important to note that.”
Ray Howard Furniture is located at 224 South Central Avenue, in downtown Prestonsburg, and be reached at (606) 886-2731.
Artists will be on hand to discuss their works and refreshments will be served during the store’s gallery night.