Our Homes | London

Fall 2017

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THE STORY: Al and Karen Stewart wanted, in Karen's words, to "pay homage" to the Westland family, who built their Wortley Village shop, Westland Bros. Painting and Decorating, in 1886. Today, the storefront's unique original architecture announces something pretty special is still going on inside. Vibrant paintings, created mostly by local artists, line the crisp white walls of Westland Gallery, owned and operated by Al and Karen since 2013. Al, who also runs The Art Exchange nearby, had befriended the occupant succeeding the Westlands, Eugene Lamont, a pharmacist who later turned the building into an antique shop. Lamont ran his business until he passed away at 95 in 2011. He helped Al and Karen buy the building, knowing they would restore it to its former glory. Eugene had told Al, "It was meant to be a gallery." A GALLERY MEANT TO BE P H O T O G R A P H Y J A C K I E N O B L E Carol Finkbeiner Thomas Al and Karen Stewart, with Lucy, at Westland's annual Square Foot Show. Erica Dornbusch Lisa Johnson 30 | ourhomes F A L L 2 0 1 7 spotlight

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