Candy Store Gallery

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Candy Store Gallery
Established 1962 (1962)
Dissolved 1992 (1992) -->
Location Folsom, California
Type Art gallery
Key holdings Funk artists of northern California, USA
Founder Adeliza McHugh

The Candy Store Gallery introduced many important artists and styles of art, and was a leading showcase for the Funk artists of northern California, United States.[citation needed]

Located in a commercial building at 605 Sutter Street in downtown Folsom, California, the Candy Store Gallery previously served as a library and candy store, before becoming the personal residence of Adeliza McHugh, who founded the gallery in order to showcase the works of regional artists whom she admired.[1] Despite having no formal art background, McHugh was instrumental in introducing many artists that would go on to achieve national, and in some cases, international reputations including James Albertson,Robert Arneson, Clayton Bailey, Roy De Forest, David Gilhooly,Irv Marcus, Maija Peeples-Bright, and William T. Wiley.[1]

By way of various group exhibitions, the gallery also played an important role in defining, and promoting, Funk art and Nut art.[1]

The Candy Store Gallery began in 1962 when McHugh was stopped by the local health department from continuing to sell homemade confections, (specifically almond nougat treats).[1]

Despite its relatively small size (just two rooms), the gallery gained wide attention from critics and collectors, including a much publicized visit in 1970 by art collector and actor Vincent Price. Although many of the artists given their starts at the gallery went on to bigger venues, most remained loyal to McHugh and continued to exhibit, and sell work, through the gallery.[2] In recognition of the gallery's contributions, it was honored in 1981 by an attendance record breaking exhibition at Sacramento's Crocker Art Museum titled "Welcome to the Candy Store."[3] The gallery closed in 1992, and McHugh died in 2003 at age 91.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Linhares, Diana L. Daniels ; with essays by Philip E.; Frank, Patrick (2011). Clayton Bailey's world of wonders. Sacramento, CA: Crocker Art Museum. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-8840-3822-8. 
  2. ^ Folsom Telegraph (16 March 2005). "Art From Adeliza's Candy Store at Museum". The Folsom Telegaph. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Folsom Telegraph (16 March 2005). "Art From Adeliza's Candy Store at Museum". The Folsom Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Smithsonian Archives of American Art. "Candy Store Gallery records". SmitsonianArchivesOfAmericanArt. Retrieved 22 March 2014.