Years ago, owner Holly Pagliaro-Bergman was shackled to a hectic marketing job back east. On a trip to Arizona, she discovered its charms and never looked back. She opened Wild Holly Gallery 19 years ago in a 660-square foot import gift shop on Easy Street in downtown Carefree, Arizona.
At first, the shop specialized in garden art and water features. But because of her passion for American art, the space was soon too small. A few years later, she tore down a wall and doubled her space to make room for new items. By 2006 the shop had outgrown its space again. She bought the nearby historic Bradbury Building where the gallery is now located on the corner of Ho Hum Way at 22 Easy Street. The new gallery was renovated and opened in May of 2006.
Since its opening, the shop has grown from 600 to almost 5,000 square feet and now contains a stunning array of different art mediums and styles. Wild Holly Gallery is proud to showcase the artwork of over 95 American artists. It features the work of both local and nationally known artists. On the weekends, the gallery hosts visiting artists who work there in its studio. A different artist is featured each month and there are exhibitions during its exhibit season.
What sets Wild Holly Gallery apart from other Carefree galleries is its uniqueness. Each individual item tells a story. Prices vary from easily affordable to high, and a portion of all sales go to Foothills Animal Rescue, a no-kill no-cage animal shelter where Pagliaro-Bergman is chairperson of the board.