Since the mid-1970s, the Juxtapose Gallery on Elm Street has played an important role in the arts community of Westfield and the surrounding area, but, despite its beloved status in Downtown, it too couldn’t fight the ongoing consumer shift from in-store to online.

“Juxtapose Gallery has been a treasure in Westfield since the 1970s,” posted the Juxtapose team on its social media channels. “But, like many others, we have become victim to the recession of small business/brick and mortar. This week marks the beginning of our closing sale.”

Owner Danielle D’Amico thanked all of her clients for their loyalty and friendship throughout the years. She did hint that a new business venture awaits… online.

“On a positive note, you can continue to take advantage of our art services, including art consultation, installation, restoration and more on our website as well as purchase art from many of our existing artists even after the gallery shuts its doors at 58 Elm St.”

The closure saddened many in the local community.

Susan Zaumen Winkler posted on Facebook, “Juxtapose was such a treasure. You will be missed!!”

“Westfield is losing the best and only Fine Arts place,” posted one loyal fan. “Thank you for so many {years} of your support to the local artists!”

Some said the shuttering of the business was the end of an era.

“It was always a magic little oasis to retreat to and soak up the art, admire the unusual jewelry, and relax in the gentle atmosphere,” commented @wedegates on Instagram. “A real loss.”

Juxtapose Gallery will remain open until the end of May and is offering sales on much of its remaining inventory.