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By: Buck Lovell
If you’re a regular visitor to Deadwood, South Dakota, you’ll want to take a stroll up Main Street to the newest cultural addition, Jacobs Gallery. After more than a full year of renovation, remodeling and restoring, the historical Goldberg building now hosts and displays the fine art collections of Scott Jacobs and others. Branded apparel, leather goods, and other American made products are available for sale in addition to limited edition artwork.
The Jacobs family took great pains to make this building a modern historic landmark by exposing the original walls of ancient brick, as well as the original wood floor and ceiling. A handful of 1860s and older artifacts were discovered in the process. These historical artifacts are on display in the Gallery. Much of the original wood and fixtures from the grocery store have been reused and re-purposed, including the original meat locker dating back to 1893. All of these special touches create a distinctly unique visual experience.
Scott Jacobs, who founded the official Harley-Davidson “Fine Art Program” in 1993, paints photo-realistic masterpieces of motorcycles dating as far back as the early 1900s. Besides motorcycles, Scott paints women in intricate Italian styled masks, and iconic motor vehicles such as Shelby Mustangs, among others. A variety of fine art wine and floral prints are also on display adding color and balance to the Jacobs art experience. Scott’s talent for detail is unequaled in the modern art world, which has created a rabid demand for his work.
No less than eight completely restored Harley-Davidson motorcycles grace the walls and floor of the Gallery. Original paintings and artwork keep visitors’ attention as they stroll through the spacious display area. Upstairs is the artist’s personal studio, where new fine art creations are born.
When visiting the Gallery, expect to see at least one member of the Jacobs family in attendance. Sharon Jacobs, Scott’s wife and partner, has been his constant companion since opening their first Gallery in Westfield, New Jersey. Sharon is in the store virtually every day, offering assistance to customers and support to the Gallery team members. Sharon is also the Jacobs Gallery CFO. Chief Executive Officer and Manager of the Jacobs Gallery is Olivia Jacobs-Chrisman, Scott and Sharon’s oldest daughter, who manages to find time to hob knob with customers and provide them with information about the paintings, motorcycles and other gallery products.