Jim Bourne retired from practicing law in 2010 and began studying oil painting. He bought
a small building at 137 East Main St. in New Albany to use as a retirement office and
When the paintings began to accumulate,
and at the suggestion of his friends, he decided to open a gallery. At the further suggestion of his friends and family he named the gallery after himself to take advantage of any good will he may have developed over his years of living and practicing law in New Albany.
The gallery opened in July of 2017, and while Jim does show his own oil paintings, the gallery
shows have mainly been the works of other serious and experienced artists from both
Indiana and Kentucky in oils, watercolors, sculptures, wearable art, jewelry, blacksmithing and ceramics. However, in order to give younger artists the opportunity to see their work in a gallery, and to encourage their further
study, the gallery has also shown the work of high school art students. Future shows are
scheduled through mid-2019, including a large quilt and fabric show in November and
December of 2018, and the annual Kentucky Watercolor Society juried show in March and April, 2019.