Revolution stays open with new owner

April 6, 2010

By David Hayes

Laura Scheuffle has loved the arts since she could hold a crayon. So now, at age 56, she couldn’t pass the opportunity to keep the Revolution Art Gallery open.

Previous owner Penny Humphreys was literally one day from closing the store, a venue for about 80 artists to showcase and offer their hand-made art. Scheuffle said she fell in love with the gallery and couldn’t bear to see it close.

“I wanted to keep a venue alive for these 80 artists and keep this gem of a showcase going,” Scheuffle said.

The 1971 graduate of Issaquah High School has a history of starting entrepreneurial ventures. She founded and operated an English conversation school in Japan in 1975. When Scheuffle moved back to the states in 1980, she opened her second venture a year later — the Montessori Preschool in Renton, which remains open to this day.

Throughout the years, she continued dabbling in her first love of the arts, painting and teaching youths.

“I was the youngest participant at the Issaquah sidewalk Art Fair and the youngest artist featured at the Issaquah Treasure Gallery in 1971,” Scheuffle fondly recalls.

She said even in these tough economic times, she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to come full circle in Issaquah with her love of art. Plus, with her children now grown and plenty of time to do her own thing, Scheuffle said she got the nod of approval from William, her husband of 17 years.

Laura Scheuffle is the new owner of Revolution Art Gallery. By David Hayes

After “swooping in” at the last minute to give Humphreys her yes, Scheuffle said word spread quickly to the artists that the shop would remain open.

“Many of the artists blinked back tears, saying I saved the store and them, as there are hardly any other venues to have their stuff in,” she said.

Revolution, called Evolution before Humphreys took over a year ago, was renowned for its eclectic, recycled art. Scheuffle now describes the wide variety of merchandise and art on display and for sale as “fun, functional and fine.”

To help with the transition, Scheuffle kept on the store’s only other employee, Donna Brosseau, who’s been working there for the past three years.

Many hadn’t heard the store had come within a day of closing. Regular customer Camie Callahan, of Issaquah, said she was surprised to hear of the transition.

“It would have been a really sad day,” Callahan said. “There aren’t too many places you can find neat gifts’ places in Issaquah.”

Callahan said she always comes to Revolution first when shopping for gifts, including this trip, when she was looking for a unique gift for a girlfriend who has everything.

Scheuffle now has a venue to display some of her own works, as she still creates paintings in water color, pen and ink. While there are no specific artist shows at the moment, she does plan to have featured artists every two to three months.

“Otherwise, every day is a show here,” Scheuffle said.

David Hayes: 392-6434, ext. 237, dhayes@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

If you go

Revolution Art Gallery new owner Laura Scheuffle plans an open house April 17 with expanded hours until 9 p.m. The gallery is in Gilman Village, 317 Gilman Blvd., Suite No. 26. Go to www.revolutiongallery.com.

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