Edward PetersThe Art Garage posted on 11/01/2019
Earlier this year, Rhody resident Edward Peters had an idea
to share his garage space with his grandson, also named Edward Peters, who
enjoys drawing and creating art. But the elder Peters also wondered if the plan
would go the way of the idea to build a treehouse, which hadn’t yet come to
The duo stuck to it and made it happen though, turning the
old firehouse building he rents in Brightwood as an art gallery, and opening it
to visitors during select weekends over the past two months to show some of his
“It was a little scary,” the grandfather said. “Thinking
there could be people who are harsh and critical, (but) it hasn’t been that
way. Yesterday a group of boys, teens, came in and were real supportive. A lot
of good things to say.
“He was giddy, kicking his feet up,” he added about his
Edward, the 10-year-old artist, is in the fifth grade at
Cascadia Montessori School in Vancouver, Wash. and gets a lot of his
inspiration for his art from cartoons and video games, including Sonic the
Hedgehog, Pokémon and even Hanna Barbera. The walls of the garage now hold a
large number of his works, but Edward has sketchbooks with numerous other works
still being worked on, as well as a couple of commissioned pieces from visitors
who have stopped by the gallery.
“I do a lot of things at the same time,” the young artist
said. “Sometimes when I’m kind of annoyed by a lot of things and school gets
difficult, I get home and have all these cool character things in my mind and
sketch them out on paper.”
He noted he’s considering becoming an architect or artist
when he grows up, while he also spends time writing comic books, creating Lego
minifigures and updating his Instagram page and YouTube channel (fastgamer101
on both platforms).
The garage, located at 63053 E. Brightwood Bridge Road, was
built in 1952 and the older Peters, a retired experimental aircraft parts
manufacturer, noted that it previously housed a firetruck and then was
converted into an auto shop. Now, he modifies bikes there when it’s not serving
as an art gallery, and one of his creations was to make a fully electric bike.
The pair hope to keep the gallery going in the future.
“We’ve been thinking about this for two or three years at
this point I’m just amazed that we were able to do it,” said Edward, the
artist. “It hasn’t been too busy, but I still had a great time doing it.”
By Garth Guibord/MT