Downtown Glendale got a little more upscale with the Oct. 11 grand opening of the new Adair’s of Glendale Art Gallery.

Mayor Jerry Weiers, along with numerous dignitaries from the city, welcomed owner Bryce Alexander, with the ribbon-cutting officially opening the new fine art gallery at 7029 N. 57th Drive.

Adair’s of Glendale is a new fine art gallery, which plans to showcase higher-end art. Owner Bryce Alexander said the city has been an amazing partner in his dream of a gallery.

“I want to thank the city for their support and encouragement, and if you look around this city, things are improving,” Alexander said.  “I love the small-town feeling, which is perfect for the arts, and while we haven’t had arts downtown yet, I am very happy to be the first.”

Weiers said he has high hopes for the gallery to help improve the downtown area.

“The possibilities are endless and he wants to bring in high school students so they can paint and have shows here and the gallery (next door),” said Weiers. “If we can get the Spotlight Youth Theatre (to locate) downtown, then people can come see a performance and check out some fine art.”

Alexander, who said he grew up around art his entire life, as his father was an artist, was questioned about when he decided to open his gallery in Glendale.

“People have always asked me, why Glendale,” Alexander said. “They asked why I didn’t go where the galleries are, and I said, ‘You don’t follow the money, you have the money follow you and I want to bring the money to downtown.’”

The city has also worked with Alexander, who, when he has the students come to paint, can have their art shown outside on the street. The city would allow Alexander to close a portion of 57th Drive so students can paint and show outside.

“First off, I want to thank Alexander for opening this downtown and this is something that can help bring pedestrian traffic here,” said Councilmember Jamie Aldama. “I would like to think this will help bring people downtown and it can help revitalize this downtown area.”

Alexander said Adair’s of Glendale Gallery will specialize in introducing local Arizona artists and he added that he is discovering artists whose quality of artwork has achieved the high standards that art buyers, critics and the admiring public has been searching for.

“This is an exciting time and I while I am taking a financial risk, I am urging all artists and galleries that Glendale is ripe for the arts,” Alexander said. “While Glendale has been a world-class destination for antiques, I definitely want to encourage other artists to look to downtown and join me.”

Alexander said while the art he will showcase will be fine art, he is not focusing on any type or style and people can see any types of art at his gallery.

“Most galleries specialize in something, but I have an eclectic collection because I am focusing on local artists,” Alexander said. “I am excited and very happy to be here in downtown Glendale.”