Thanksgiving is only a week away and leaves me breathless and wondering where September and October went! It has been a truly busy autumn for Art Gallery 21 and I feel the need to pause and express my gratitude to the multitudes of people who have helped us to be the best little neighborhood art gallery in town!

I owe an immense amount of thanks to Bob Gross, our curator, and his assistant, Dr. Celia Diaz. When you visit the gallery and walk along looking at the art, you may not realize how much care and thought goes into creating an exhibition that flows for the viewer. As you move from one work of art to the next, you will¬†notice that each piece is carefully placed so it stands on its own, not influenced by nor influencing the surrounding artwork. The level at which they are hung is done with consideration and the information provided on the 3″ x 1″ wall tags is carefully crafted so as not to detract from the art. These are some of the many details that Bob and Celia have attended to, month after month, year after year, and I am truly grateful for their creative influence.

I extend my heartfelt thanks to Patrick Cann, Director of the Leisure Services Department, and his entire staff. They include capital improvements to the Woman’s Club building in the annual budget each year and have been the ones who get stuff done, whether it’s fixing a burned out light bulb or waxing the floor before an opening. They respond quickly to email requests and phone messages and bend over backwards to¬†fulfill our requests, whatever they might be. It is a fantastic partnership for which I am extremely grateful.

There are a few individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of artistic duty since we opened the doors in 2012. Mary Panzella, Angie Riserbato and Monika Hurter were among those who scrubbed, painted, cooked and cheered us on in the first year. Thank you. Carol Finlayson, Dirk Eberle, Carl Phillips and Patti Maceri have served the gallery in more ways than I have room to mention, each lending their talents (and, sometimes the talents of their family and friends) to making the gallery what it is becoming. Thank you.

And, to the artists … ALL OF THEM. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your work in Art Gallery 21. Whether you showed one painting or 20 paintings, we could not be what we are today without you. THANK YOU.

To our visitors and our patrons, thank you for stopping in and seeing what fabulous talent we have all around us. Art reflects the times we live in and the values we share and can often speak to the heart and soul in a way that no other medium can. It’s our reason for being and we look forward to all that is yet to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Constance Ruppender, Founder

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