Hairstylist Nicole Homoya and painter Robert Meko brought their passions together when they opened Alchemy Art + Aesthetics (1043 Virginia Ave., Suite 3), a hair salon and art gallery in the Murphy Art Center. “We thought by combining our talents it had a better chance of staying open and exposing people to art,” Homoya explains.

Now Alchemy is threatened with going out of business. But Jennifer Hutchinson and Anna Rae, two of Meko’s Herron art school classmates, are rallying the art community in an attempt to save their friends’ business.

Hutchinson and Rae collected work from fellow students and area artists for a special gallery opening this Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight. “We started brainstorming things we could do to raise money to keep Alchemy open,” Hutchinson says. The two decided an exhibit with low-priced work was the best option. “We felt if the artwork is good and it’s not too expensive people will buy it.” Donated work includes watercolors and oil paintings, sketches and special pieces collaborated on by Herron students exclusively for the show.

“It’s been an honor,” Homoya says of the outreach. “It’s great to see someone who doesn’t have anything to do with the business care enough to use their time and creativity to get involved.”

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