Couple hosting grand opening Saturday for unique art store
Denise, Marvin Harris bring passion for art to city

By Joe VanDeLaarschot

Nov. 8, 2019

 Artfindz at 21 N. Main St. in Hartford will have a grand opening on Saturday.
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HARTFORD — Mayville residents Denise and Marvin Harris are bringing their lifelong passion for art to Hartford with the grand opening of their new and unique art store in downtown Hartford.

The couple have been working for months to open their heartfelt business Artfindz at 21 N. Main St. in the middle of the city’s up and coming downtown business district. They have also been working their entire lives to collect and gather many different pieces of art that will be on display and for sale at their new business.

Denise said she and her husband had been searching for “the right” location for their new business, but when they saw the space in downtown Hartford they knew they had found the right spot.

“I just fell in love with Hartford. I fell in love with the space and the downtown has so many good things going for it now,” Denise said. “It’s up and coming and we want to be a part of it. The things that are going on here make it an exciting opportunity.”

Denise said she paints and sculpts and opening her store has been a passion project for Marvin.

“This has been a great passion of my husband’s way beyond me, so we both had the same interest,” Denise said. “We decided to open our own place and then we found this location in downtown Hartford that really fits what we were looking for.”

 Denise Harris and her husband Marvin are the owners of Artfindz, a unique
art store in downtown Hartford.

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Artfindz will feature a large display of fine quality oil paintings, a large collection of limited edition prints, art framing for every budget, collectibles and autograph photos.

If someone wants a new look in their home or apartment, the couple said, people should bring in their art and they will take it in a trade. Featured artists will include Andy Stoffel, Hani Sidlers, Milo Manara, Jules Scheffer and Harold Backmann.

“We have so much art and all kinds of things from A to Z. I think they will fall in love with one piece or another because we have a lot to offer,” Denise said. “We’ll have pieces from other artists and from collections we’ve gathered over the years.”

The store will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours will be on Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The store will normally be closed on Mondays.