Artists’ ideas keep new gallery vibrant

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By Sara Miller

Most art galleries are vibrant by nature — the walls packed with colorful or inspiring art that grabs the visitor’s attention. But not all galleries have a vibrant atmosphere in addition to eye-catching art. The Main Street Fine Art Gallery, the latest endeavor of the Evergreen Artists Association, is a lively gallery whose art as well as atmosphere change frequently thanks to a dedicated group of artists.

Stop in the gallery on a given day, and you might catch one (or 10) members of Main Street Fine Art’s executive committee or jury selection panel. If you happen to spot a group of these longtime members of the Evergreen Artists Association, be sure to sneak a listen while you gaze at the carefully curated walls of the gallery.
As you gaze at intricate fiber art created by Erlene Irwin or the panoramic photos of a misty Evergreen Lake by Gale Gatto, this tight-knit band of artists roams the gallery. They debate the merits of bubble wrap for shipping and gallery wrap for displaying prints — more types of wrap than this writer knew existed in the world of art. Or you might hear one say to another, “Take a look at the new piece that just came in. Let me know if you like where I hung it.” You’re sure to find at least one of the artists with a feather-duster in hand, paying careful attention to the three-dimensional collection of wood, glass art and sculpture on display. Most importantly, you’ll hear the exchange of ideas that makes the Evergreen Artists Association such an energetic organization.
“Although we have the work of over 20 artists in the gallery, our jury committee works really hard to curate the gallery in a pleasing manner,” says Deborah Carter, a member of the gallery’s executive committee and a contributing artist to the gallery. “We’re not just packing every square inch of the walls with art. We look at each piece an artist submits and make decisions about how it fits with their body of work, as well as how it fits with the gallery collection as a whole.”
The EAA has been working diligently to prepare for the gallery’s grand opening on Friday, Sept. 30. The opening, which coincides with Last Friday Gallery Night, will feature a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres. The evening will feature artist demonstrations by three of the gallery’s artists: Laura Mehmert will be doing a sculpture demonstration; Ginny Sycuro will be conducting a jewelry-making demonstration; and Judith Brunko will offer an oil painting demonstration. The gallery’s first featured artist-of-the-month will be pastel artist Jane Christie.
The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In future months, the artists have plans for additional educational events and presentations. The board is exploring grant and scholarship opportunities to enable community members to participate in art classes or workshops that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Main Street Fine Art Gallery also hopes to host receptions or show openings, with proceeds donated to charitable causes in the community.
“It’s wonderful to have a place that the Evergreen Artists Association can call home,” says jewelry artist Ginny Sycuro. “Evergreen isn’t just where we as artists work — it’s where we live. And the gallery has allowed us to really feel a part of the community and as though we can give back.”
For more information, visit www.mainstreetfineartevergreen
.com or call 303-670-7222.

Sara Miller, a freelance writer and a resident of Evergreen, lives with her husband, two children and a dog.