Bison Gallery doubles space in move to former Garuda & I site; Compost It is moving to roomier digs next door

Bison Gallery has moved from 65 Nichols St. to 60 First St., the space formerly occupied by Garuda & I.

Meanwhile, Compost It is moving next door from 115 Nichols St. to the space vacated by Bison Gallery.

Both businesses say they will have more space, allowing for better presentation and possible expansion. Compost It expects to open in its new site March 13, Bison Gallery on March 15.

Doug Bison said his gallery (370-5699) is doubling in size. He said he expects to add more artists, and that his new downtown site will give him better visibility and more foot traffic.

First Street is familiar ground for Bison Gallery. For three years, it was located at 28 First St., the current home of Islands Museum of Art.

Bison is a noted Native and wildlife sculptor. He is the great-grandson of the Miniconjou Lakota leader SiTanka. Bison Gallery represents 35 artists in all media. Noted artists from the islands and the region include sculptors Sammy Long, Dr. Jerry McKellar, and Jason Napier; photographer John Miller; carver Dale Crawford, who is known for his carved eagles; poly sculptor Adam Rees; and Rich Nevels of False Bay Boxes.

Compost It (378-2628) will have about one-and-a-half times it has now. It hopes to expand its offering of earth-friendly and organic products.

Compost It opened in October 2007 in Surina Business Park. It moved to 115 Nichols St. in September 2008.