Wow, it's been a year since Gallery M opened, and what an interesting year it's been. We've learned a lot in the last 12 months. And we've met some really fantastic people, including some artists who took a chance on having their work at a new gallery. Our initial inspiration of having artwork for people to view and purchase has slightly diverted into some other directions, in part by doing a survey on Facebook of people who have been into the gallery and those who have not. The feedback was really interesting. We are finding that people want to have experiences and learn new things and meet people. Technology has given us so many new outlets but at the same time has isolated us in our homes and offices. We are happy to provide a community location where people can gather, learn and create. We started off a little slow but are seeing an increase in activity with the changes that we're making. As we have added more classes and activities, we are seeing more people coming in. A sense of artistic community is growing and really inspiring us and helping us modify our vision. So this coming year you will see a lot more classes available for adults and kids, including some sip-and-paint classes. Some of those will be offered through La Crescent Community Education while others will be directly from our website and Facebook postings. Cary Wyninger and I were both hesitant about a guided painting class, but we think we've come up with some creative ways to make those classes more personal and meaningful, including a Bob Ross–inspired class. We think that will be tons of fun. We have talked to a few other artists as well about teaching classes and hope to get many people with special interests who are happy to teach and share their knowledge. So let us know if you or someone you know would like to join us.
You might have seen on Facebook that we have rented a new space just down the hallway. It's going to be much larger. We are in the process of renovating and hope that it will be done for the Push It show in mid-April. This will be a celebration of first anniversary and the expansion into a new space. We hope to really kick it off with an engaging reception on April 21st. We are working to get the word out that art is for everyone; it's not exclusive. We know that it’s important to create and share art, and art can totally change your outlook on life. So this next year you'll continue to see new exhibits coming in as well as new art classes. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for all the new offerings.
Until we can get things off the ground a 100% we have been applying to several small business grants. If you see any grant opportunities please share with us we would appreciate it.
Thanks to all who have been supporting us this year. Starting a new endeavor is not easy, but it sure helps to have good friends to lean on along the way.
Some photos to show what we have been doing this past year.