TORONTO - City resident and local artist Jeremy Troski has been hard at work, readying his newest venture - the Main Street Gallery.
The gallery, which is next to the Main Street Museum at 212 Main St., in the historic building known as the Daniels Building, is set to open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 26.
The gallery is just the latest in a series of artistic projects for Troski, who also is co-owner of American Hooligan, a clothing company that sells high quality T-shirts and other apparel worldwide - including high profile celebrities and rock bands. The gallery is a labor of love for Troski, who, with his twin brother Josh, personally installed its elegant bamboo flooring and renovated the interior. The Troskis plan on exhibiting an eclectic selection of art along with clothing from the American Hooligan line, as well as making the museum the world headquarters for the company.
A NEW BEGINING — Toronto residents Josh Troski, left, and Jeremy Troski are gearing up to open the Main Street Gallery in Toronto from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. Nov. 26. The brothers also will use the gallery at 212 Main St. as their headquarters for American Hooligan apparel. - Contributed
"It's taken me about two months to remodel the place," said Jeremy. "I've done everything. I even created the counter."
Troski, who wants to exhibit art in the gallery created by himself and other Ohio Valley artists, said he knows the gallery itself will not be a big moneymaker, but he wanted a place to showcase arts and bring the manufacturing of the silk-screened apparel back to Toronto.
"It's going to include the arts and skilled craftsmen," he said. "It will be a place to showcase stuff all year round. Basically, it was something I was looking for myself. It's not going to be a big moneymaker. It's a place where we can have events."
Troski has been designing apparel in Toronto and having the clothing line manufactured in California, selling it on the Internet or boutique shops. The business is co-owned by his brother Josh, A.J. Hunt and Sleepy Brown.
"This will basically be the headquarters for American Hooligan," said Troski. "We'll be printing all our clothing here, also. We'll be offering custom screen-printing services here for anyone. That will include brochures, restaurant menus, T-shirts-anything."
Troski said American Hooligan clothing has developed a reputation for creating high quality, original prints that are edgy and comfortable.
"Our screen-printing is entirely custom designs here," he said, adding he handles all the apparel designing. "Every shirt we have is made of the highest quality (fabrics). That's one of the reasons they are selling so well, the very high quality."
Troski said some of the famous names spotted wearing his American Hooligan gear include basketball-great Shaquille O'Neal, members of the popular hip-hop group Outkast and the cast of the hit cable TV series "The Walking Dead."
American Hooligan's winter line also will be introduced during the grand opening, Troski said.
"We want to keep (the line) affordable," said Troski, adding T-shirts are priced at $25. "We dig to find quality (shirt) blanks."
For information, go to www.americanhooligan.com or call (740) 537-3451.