Let’s party ! : Art Works Gallery celebrates its 12th anniversary

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Artist Kris Johnson demonstrates his fabric art during a second Saturday Spotlight at the Art Works Gallery Co-op in Grass Valley.
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Art Works Gallery celebrates its 12th anniversary with a one-day sale and reception. Everything in the gallery will be 20% off all day Saturday, June 25. Reception is 2-5pm with refreshments and live music by Alan Greenbaum.

The reception is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with refreshments and live music by Alan Greenbaum.
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What started as a holiday popup in winter 2009 with nine local artists in Nevada City grew into a cooperative gallery with 35 members in Grass Valley in May 2010. The opening reception for the Mill Street site was held in August 2010. An article in the August 2010 Food and Wine magazine states, “Now a newcomer has arrived: Art Works Gallery in Grass Valley. Thirty-five local artists formed the gallery which opened in the historic city center last May.“

The artists worked together to renovate a gallery space at 113 Mill Street in Grass Valley. The 2,000-square-foot, 19th-century building is a clean, well-lit place to display artwork.
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“It gives us the opportunity to share the creative works of local artists with the wider community,” explains the group’s president and jeweler, Linda Kaneko.



Artists Eileen Blodgett and Denise Wey.
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Furniture maker Don Augstein adds, “We divide the labor and share the fun and excitement – as well as the expense – to create a successful art gallery.”

The artists worked together to renovate a gallery space at 113 Mill Street in Grass Valley. The 2,000-square-foot, 19th-century building is a clean, well-lit place to display artwork.



Everyone in the gallery is a member of the community and giving back to the community has been central to the gallery’s mission. Twice a year, the gallery hosts fundraisers that have donated more than $20,000 to local nonprofit organizations. A community favorite is the annual fundraiser for the Nevada County Food Bank held during the holiday season. In addition to fundraisers, artist demonstrations are held on the second Saturday of each month.

“I have been at the gallery for 10 years and I am always amazed by the generosity of our artists. The pride of ownership is evident in the quality of the artwork,” said painter Katie Wolff.

Keeping up with the times, the members designed a new logo that reflects a more avant-garde and modern look.
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Keeping up with the times, the members designed a new logo that reflects a more avant-garde and modern look. The look may be different, but it’s still the same great art that readers of The Union have voted best art gallery for the past seven years. The gallery is currently open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday until 5 p.m. The gallery is following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of staff and patrons. If you prefer to shop online, you can find them at http://www.artworksgalleryco-op.com

Source: Artwork Gallery Cooperative


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