Although Frenchman Henri Matisse is arguably one of the most famous artists of all time, there’s another Matisse you should get to know—Galerie Matisse and Matisse Too. Shoppers quickly realize that Galerie Matisse isn’t a staid run-of-the-mill art space with its riot of colored walls and breathtaking array of international artworks. Matisse Too’s adjacent spot is whimsical, with art pieces in affordable price points. Owners Bob and Sandy Skibitzki have worked hard to cultivate this image.
“We put a lot of work in every day to make it look cool [here], and people just love coming in,” says Bob.
Bob only buys paintings, sculptures and mixed-media pieces that he likes. “Fortunately, I have a broad taste meter. So, I’m looking for things that attract me. I’ve seen thousands of paintings, and when I see something that attracts me about it, hopefully it’ll attract someone else.”
Amazingly, the gallery has been open since 1976—yet another testament to the couple’s staying power in the community.
“We have a lot of repeat business, so that’s kept us going all of these years … it’s amazing in a little town like this the clients we get in from all over,” says Bob.
The Skibitzkis’ extensive travel (about every six weeks, says Bob) coupled with their connections in the international art community mean they’re able to continually refresh their spaces—and scout for new artists to supplement their global cadre of favorites they already showcase.
“We have a lot of choices and it’s a big look for not that much money, and that’s what people appreciate and like,” says Bob. “We do all of the legwork, and people can just come and pick out what they love.”
Galerie Matisse and Matisse Too, 830 W. Main St., 262-248-9264, galeriematisse.com
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