New Focus for New London Storefront
December 26 2018 – New London, CT - After nine years in business The Gallery at Firehouse Square at 239 Bank Street will change its focus from a maritime art gallery to the permanent location of OPSAIL CONNECTICUT, INC on December 31, 2018. Anchoring the south end of Bank Street, the storefront will continue to remain active and be fully staffed. A major announcement will be coming out of the new permanent OPSAIL CONNECTICUT, INC headquarters in January.
Gallery owner John S. Johnson has been chairman of OPSAIL CONNECTICUT, INC since 1999 and will continue his support of the City of New London in many ways, including the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, which is staged annually during the second week of September. Johnson is donating the proceeds of the closeout sale of the gallery’s art collection to benefit OPSAIL CONNECTICUT, INC. That collection is valued at six figures. The items in the collection will continue to be sold at 239 Bank Street into 2019.
Johnson is quoted “The City of New London is so much more active since the opening of The Gallery April 29, 2010. Think about what has happened since then – Coast Guard Museum becoming a reality, housing projects abounding the New London landscape, State Pier changing ownership from DOT to CT Port Authority, and the continued presence of OPSAIL events for the ensuing seven years, and a thriving and bustling Bank Street restaurant mecca.”
Johnson has long been one of New London’s most avid supporters. As Vice Chair of the New London Port Authority, board member of the CT Port Authority, Chair of Legislative Affairs for the CT Marine Trades Association, former Treasurer of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, and former Vice President of the Coast Guard Foundation, Johnson daily supports and advocates for New London and is involved in Maritime and Marine activity here in Connecticut.
Johnson will continue to operate four business ventures at 239 Bank Street. Johnson is managing partner of Thames River Properties, LLC, a real estate management and development company, 60 Willow Street, LLC which is a mixed-use commercial building next to Red 36 in Mystic, and JBG Ventures, LLC, which operates Quiambaug Cove Professional Center, LLC in Stonington.
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