Hasn’t this been a crazy year?  We were closed for two months in the spring.  

We have, thankfully, been very busy at the Gallery since we opened back up in mid-May.  Along with all the safety protocols we now follow, we have added another frame company to our wall, we have gotten several new artists work in, shopped for new work for the fall season, we hosted several artApalooza artist shows in the side gallery, we have a new website www.gallery143art.com, I am back to writing a blog, and I have a NEW grandson!!  Whew!

I was thinking about all we’ve done this year and what we are planning for the fall season.  When artApalooza was cancelled due to Covid, I offered the artists my side gallery for weekend shows.  I had several artists take me up on the offer and I have to say it was so much fun I wish more of them had come and that more people could have experienced it.  We are blessed with some wonderful artists in this area and the chance to get to know them and their work a little better was really a highlight for me.  I had hoped it would help them since a lot of shows have been cancelled and I feel like I was the one who got the most out of it.  It really solidified in me why I do what I do.  The opportunity to purchase a piece of art made by someone is really special, whether you give it as a gift or keep it for yourself.  Talking to the artist and seeing how passionate and creative they are and how much they love what they do and all the knowledge they have is awesome!  I can look around the store and my home and absolutely breath in the beauty around me through the texture, color and creativity of each piece.

So, as we head into my favorite time of year with clean crisp air, warms colors, and all the awesome textures; let’s do it with kindness, gratitude, and appreciation of all the beauty that surrounds us.  

Gratefully,

Joan