When you step through the doors of 22 E Bijou Street, you immediately sense the curious and alternative vibe of Novis Mortem Collective. As your eyes take in various framed insects, bone art and unique handmade jewelry, your inquisitive mind will persuade you to come in for a closer look.
A Collective of Artists
Owner Bea Solo has curated art pieces both locally and from around the world.
She mainly features artists who are typically underrepresented. As a collective, the artists focus on the Novis Mortem Mission: Education, Sustainability and Community.
Bea, an entomological taxidermist, creates fine art using colorful and rare insects. Her signature artwork includes lamps that are constructed with Edison bulbs and butterflies mounted in flight. When the lamps are on, the butterflies take on an ethereal quality and their reflective wings appear to glow.
When Bea was growing up her dad, Udo, often shared a quote that resonated with her: “Knowledge can only multiply if it’s divided.” – source unknown
Because of this philosophy, monthly classes are offered by artists in the collective where they teach some of the techniques featured in the gallery. Classes include (but are not limited to): bone cleaning, insect pinning, botanical dye making and electroplating.
The Novis Mortem Collective proudly partners with Inside Out Youth Services and has a pay-it-forward program designed to provide free art classes to some youth who might not have the means to pay for a class.
Everyone is Welcome
Bea wants the gallery to feel inclusive to everyone, including children. She puts her customers at ease with a warm smile, a cozy couch and a wealth of fun facts and information about the artwork featured in her shop.
This spot is not just a gallery, but an experience to be had by all.
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