Lunar Boy Gallery made its mark on the Astoria art scene when it opened to the public Sept. 4. "We had a great opening weekend," said co-owner Troy Winterrowd. "The response was incredibly positive."

The gallery at 1133 Commercial St. is inspired by "anything from the 1930s on, when the modern era becomes fun, warm and nostalgic," said Winterrowd. He described the space as a "serious playground of art, design and more." Many of Lunar Boy's artists are from the design world, having been trained in graphic design, illustration, set design, interior design and architecture. From folk art inspired sculptures to retro paintings, Museum of Modern Art products to children's books, Lunar Boy features contemporary fine art, furnishings and more.

Winterrowd studied architecture and fine arts in college and worked for major companies such as Walt Disney Imagineering, Sony Retail Entertainment, Universal Studios and Hallmark. More than a year ago, he followed his dream to leave the corporate world behind and open his own gallery and retail business. His efforts are supported by his partner, Jimmy Pickering, an award-winning illustrator and designer whose work was featured recently at the Urban Cafe.

The official grand opening celebration for Lunar Boy Gallery is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Jimmy Pickering will sign his books from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23.

Lunar Boy Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For information, call (503) 325-1566.

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