Artists have a new place to show off their work in Bedford.
A newly formed cooperative is opening a gallery on Depot Street. It's called "The Electric Company Co-Op Gallery." The name comes from the utility company that used to be in the building.
There's space for 24 artists to show off and sell their paintings, sculptures, and crafts.
There are several other art galleries in Bedford, but the co-op is unique because it's owned and operated by members. They work in the space one day a month and pay a fee to cover expenses.
"The artists are really the business people," said Edrie Bays, an artist and co-op member. "They're not just selling their art. They're working and creating a community of art."
The co-op's grand opening is Friday night from 5 - 8 p.m. at 207 Depot Street. Several guest artists from Roanoke will have their work on display there through January 3.