Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Beginnings....

A gallery without walls. A time for change. 
Think of us as you always have. Great art. Fun shows. 
Wonderful artists. New art all the time.
Willing to give you guidance. Available to show you something new. And always ready to do something outside the box. Except now, our gallery isn’t just in one place. It can be anywhere.
Always different.
Nothing permanent.
Well, except for our appointment-only gallery nearby on Fairmount Hill.

As all of you know. . . I love our downtown and feel such a close connection with so many members of our downtown “family”. We offer support, help each other stay on top of what is happening, and play a part in making downtown a great place for people to come to. I see great potential in the direction Salem is heading and know that our town can’t be vibrant without the small home grown businesses and close connections we share. The success of the downtown begins with each and every one of you.

For twelve years, I’ve built a gallery that reflected both my passion for the arts and my eagerness to partner with other businesses to make downtown better. I think the success of the gallery has come because of my close connections with my artists, my clients and my business “neighbors”. I have so many great memories of events and shows that went beyond the gallery doors and included so many of you.

I am writing this to let you know that I am looking forward to more shows that involve partnership with downtown businesses. I am anticipating fun events that involve many of you. However, I won’t be quite as close of a neighbor to you as I am now. As of September 1st, I am relocating my gallery to the exhibition space that I have at home. I will continue representing many of the artists I currently showcase. Without the need for consistent retail hours I will be able to more effectively serve the clients who come to me for art consultations.

You’ll still see me downtown. You’ll still hear me supporting events that strengthen our downtown. From the beginning of the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, I’ve often had to go “beyond the gallery doors” in order to pull of the shows I dreamed up and to support art and artists in the way that I wanted to. Now I’m going “beyond the gallery doors” in a different way, and I’m excited by the opportunities this will provide in expanding the work I’ve done in doing art consultations and in how I support artists.
I will miss the excitement of the “old neighborhood”, but look for me to be a frequent visitor!

1 comment:

Dandelion and Daisy said...

I'm very sad to hear you are closing up shop, well, your retail gallery. I've enjoyed many visits and bringing friends in to see the artwork. You will be missed in downtown Salem, by many. Best wishes on your new venture.

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We represent Northwest artists working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. Our second gallery features exhibitions on a monthly basis, as well as selected group shows and special exhibitions. To arrange an appointment, please call 503-581-3229 or email; During our years of operating, we have successfully encouraged the broadening and blossoming of the Salem art scene. We are dedicated to serving our clients as well as our artists. The relationships that we cultivate with our clients and our artists have been and will continue to be long and rewarding. We encourage you to take the time to be acquainted with us and take the time to appreciate the art we enjoy so much.