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The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce welcomed Tim Mooney Studio with an official ribbon cutting on Friday, November 5. The studio, located at 310 East Main St., Unit #235, in Buena Vista will also host a grand opening on Saturday, November 6, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Tim Mooney (center) celebrates after cutting the ribbon at his new studio at 310 E. Main Street, Unit #235, in Buena Vista. Mooney says having his own gallery has been a longtime dream. Chamber board member and President of Collegiate Peaks Bank Jay Smith (left), Brian Ellis of Wilderness Aware Rafting (center left), BV resident Marty Jewel (center right), and John Cobb (right), Director of Membership Sales for the Chamber, applaud Mooney. Photo by Hannah Harn.

“It’s great to get connected with the business community and all the folks here who make BV work,” Mooney says. “I just love this downtown. I love the vibe of this whole area. To be here and to have a presence, to have my paintings here for people, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Mooney, a Presbyterian pastor, is a California native. His art ranges from abstracts to landscapes to portraits and figures. He has been painting since the 1990s and has been in Buena Vista for a year and a half.

In addition to painting, Mooney is also a musician and writer. While he paints what he loves, he has also done commissioned work. He “got hooked” on painting after his girlfriend bought him a watercolor set.

“Ever since [I started my first paintings], I’ve been working part-time as a pastor to work as an artist,” he says. “This has been a longtime dream, to have my own gallery for the very first time in my life. I’m about getting ready to retire from working in the church.”

Mooney says that while he doesn’t keep set hours, he can be reached by phone and email if he isn’t in the studio and can set up appointments for folks who want to meet with him. For more information on Tim Mooney and his gallery, visit