A hardware store turned art gallery is now my newest obsession and it should be your new obsession too.
Paul Henry’s Art Gallery was originally known as P.H. Mueller and Sons, founded in 1887 by Paul Henry Mueller. P.H. Mueller and Sons was a hardware store located in downtown Hammond, Indiana. The store was known throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland for its top of the line service and quality in hardware.
As you walk into the store, you will notice the wooden floors, fixtures, weight scales, old advertising signs, and countless wooden drawers along the walls, not to mention a museum of antique tools displayed in glass showcases. The whole atmosphere at the gallery is very nostalgic of its founder and roots.
Furthermore, the store is reminiscent of the booming place that Hammond, Indiana once was many years ago. The area surrounding Paul Henry’s Art Gallery was a mecca for consumers and tradesmen in the early and mid twentieth century, and Paul Henry’s Art Gallery still carries that vibe inside its walls; you can feel the energy of times past.
Over the years the store passed through the hands of the Mueller clan. The store was also involved in the sheet metal business and automotive paint sales. In 2008, the current owner, Dave Mueller, decided to make the transition from hardware store to gallery. Today, Dave and his wife, Rita have turned their historic storefront into not only a place to showcase their vintage tools from the hardware store, but they have also been key players in the growing art scene in Hammond and Northwest Indiana.
The gallery represents over 170 artists in a wide range of form, style, and media. Specifically, the gallery has a full range of fine art, handmade jewelry, sculptures, pottery, fixtures, and much more. Many of the artists represented are locals, natives to the Region, who are often found in the gallery, chatting with patrons and other artists.
The gallery also hosts an open mic night on most Thursday evenings. Local musicians perform while patrons can enjoy a potluck dinner (and yes it’s BYOB).
Furthermore, the gallery offers scheduled art classes, featured artist receptions, home schooling classes, and much more. The gallery actually has two spaces that can be rented out for special events such as engagement parties or cocktail parties.
Paul Henry’s Art Gallery is multifaceted when it comes to everything it has to offer; and I’m talking about the art, the music, the history, shopping, food, classes, and great people. Now that the holiday is over and the BBQs are out of the way, step out of the city, slow down, and enjoy what the suburbs have to offer you. Give the locals some love and see why Paul Henry’s Art Gallery is the pulse of Hammond.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
'Bad Business' Reception - The current exhibit, 'Bad Business,' closes this Saturday.
- Saturday, July 12th at 5:00 PM
"All About Abstract" - A new showing opens for two featured Chicago artists, Pearlie Taylor and Jason E. Jones.
- Saturday, July 19th
Descarga - Rumba + Bomba y Plena
- Sunday, July 27th, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday through Saturday, 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, Noon – 5:00 PM
Closed on Monday
Open late most Thursdays for the ACOUSTIC JAM/OPEN TABLE POTLUCK.
ACOUSTIC JAM/OPEN TABLE POTLUCK:
The open mic night is $5 to get in, and also features a potluck dinner. Bringing food gets you a discount on entry, and being a performer yourself or an exhibiting artist in the gallery allows you to qualify for a discount on entry, as well. Coffee and non-alcoholic punch is provided, but it's also BYOB.
To make an appointment outside regular hours please call 219-678-5015.