Richmond art gallery reopens 2 months after flooding damage

Richmond art gallery reopens 2 months after flooding damage

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Back in November, water rushed down Hull Street after a water main break, causing thousands of dollars in damage at an art gallery.

“November 1? I usually don’t remember dates, but I definitely remember that one,” gallery owner S. Ross Browne said. "Basically it was a geyser erupting in the front."

Six inches of standing water flooded into the gallery, destroying several pieces of artwork.

"It sunk back down into the ground rather quickly, but leaving a very thick layer of mud and debris through the whole space,” Browne said.

It took about two months, but the gallery is back open. Browne estimates he lost about $10,000 worth of work, and the value goes beyond the dollars.

“One painting, you could look at it and ask how long did it take you to do? A painting might take me from two weeks to three months to six months to paint,” Browne said.

Among the losses were multiple limited reproductions as well as some original work.

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