"The artwork was so inspiring, it was easy to put together," she said. "This gallery now offers a great opportunity for area artists - there's so much talent up here."
Photographer Kim Ladd of Thurman said she was impressed by the work presented.
"It's good to have an outlet for artwork here - a place where people can exchange their ideas," she said.
Artist Ann Rohe of Thurman also said the gallery would add a needed element to the town. She has two paintings on display at the gallery.
"This gallery is a good idea for Chestertown," she said.
Wildlife Artist Joyce Cleveland of Bolton Landing, who has her works on display, said the gallery, located in the former Harness Shop, has already made waves among artists and art enthusiasts
"People are excited there's a gallery here again," she said.
The shop will be open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will offer dozens of paintings and sculpture for sale - and browsers are welcome, Holman said.
Mary Jane Dower, chairwoman of the Chestertown Main Street Enhancement Committee, welcomed the news of the gallery's opening.
"This is a wonderful addition to our downtown and I wish the gallery continued success," she said.
Barbara Wilson, an artist from Chestertown who's on the Arts Center board added her kudos.
"This gallery is certainly a boost to what was becoming a ghost town," she said.
Last Thursday, with the number of visitors to the gallery, downtown Chester didn't resemble a ghost town, however.
That evening, Terry Wyant sat in an Adirondack chair and greeted pedestrians walking down Main Street. Wyant created birch bark and stick frames containing the photographs of her husband Ed that are on display.
"It's so nice to have exhibit space up here in this community," she said, enjoying conversations with passersby.