Bohemia Gallery has a new owner

Bohemia Gallery & Framing will remain a fixture of Ashland's art scene after a buyer emerged to keep it from closing.

In October, owners Nicole Hurley and Inger Jorgensen said they were moving on, but hoped to find a buyer for the popular gallery and frame shop at 552 A St.

They announced this week that local photographer Zach Ehlert is taking over the business.

"It will still be a great place for art, artists and art lovers," he said on Monday.

Ehlert, who specializes in outdoor photography, shows his work at the downtown Ashland Art Center.

The slow economy has hurt art sales at galleries throughout Ashland, including Bohemia.

Ehlert said he will still have art shows, but probably not as frequently as when the business was under Hurley and Jorgensen's ownership. Some of the artists represented by the gallery are staying on, and Ehlert also hopes to add new talent.

He plans to focus much of his attention on framing services.

"I had looked at opening a frame shop myself, and then this opportunity came along," he said.

The gallery will likely close for the last few weeks of December during the transition, and then reopen in early January, he said.

Hurley and Jorgensen launched the business four years ago.

Hurley will be moving to Portland to attend the Aveda Institute, which trains students for salon work. Jorgensen plans to stay in the Rogue Valley and devote herself to her family and her painting, sculpture, writing and music.

They had listed the sales price of Bohemia at $39,000, which included framing equipment, furniture, access to the gallery's artists, the business's name and a mailing list of almost 2,500 people.

The price did not include the building itself, which is owned by John Davis, owner of nearby Davis and Cline Gallery.

Staff writer Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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