The Ol' Blue Gallery home was built in 1854. The exterior slats and the structure remains the same as the day it was built...some sanding, some painting and modifications were made to reinforce the home. Some necessary upgrades were made to breath life back into the space and to bring it into the new era, but all upgrades were done with a regard to it's history. Any salvageable wood from the interior walls was sanded and reused.
Resurrected by virtue of the Arts. Established & operated by renowned artist Tai Taeoalii & his wife Adrienne, the Ol' Blue Gallery was resurrected from a historic 1854 pre-Civil War home, left for dead in "America's Hometown" of Hannibal, Missouri, with the intent of exposing southern/midwestern small-town folk to modern artworks not otherwise available, via the surreal works of Tai and the visions of emerging & established guest artists from around the world.
The Ol' Blue Gallery was established and is operated by renowned artist Tai & his wife Adrienne, with intent of showcasing the works of Tai, but also bringing the visions of emerging & established artists from around the world to America's hometown and it's public.
The condition it was in after we first gutted it. Check out this great video
We've finally, officially, opened our Ol’ Blue Gallery & Guesthouse and we’d like you to come for a visit.
Take a stroll down the river walk of the mighty Mississippi, visit Mark Twain’s boyhood home, gorge yourself at one of our many bars & restaurants, but even more importantly, come see all of our hard work we've put in on this nearly 7 year rehab project, which we poured our blood, sweat and tears into.