Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ArtSpot Open House and Farewell Celebration

This Friday, May 6th from 4-7 is ArtSpot's exhibition open house featuring the artwork of co-directors Laura Gittings-Carlson and Toni Marie LaGree. It is also a farewell party for both Laura and the gallery itself. Laura, who will be greatly missed, is leaving the organization in June to move to Billings. And after four years as a volunteer labor of love, the gallery at Flicks will be closing, with its final show in June.

ArtSpot is under going many changes. ArtSpot the non-profit organization is not closing, and in fact is funded for a second year of teaching its "Art at Irle School" program. "Both Laura and I feel that the organization's mission and focus has changed. We both have loved the gallery, and have constantly been thrilled with all the local artists that we have exhibited. It is amazing that here in Valley County alone we have so many talented artists. Many of our neighbors and friends have been painting secretly for ten or twenty years. What a joy it has been to give them a place to showcase what they love to do. That was what ArtSpot gallery was about, being here for the local artists, giving them a public place for their voice, their art. We loved all four years, and it is a bittersweet ending for the gallery," said LaGree.

ArtSpot would like to give a huge thank you to all the artists that have shown at the gallery over the past four years, and to the community for coming out for every open house to support what is home grown. Be sure to stop by this Friday, May 6th and celebrate four years of a successful local gallery and share in a toast to Laura.

ArtSpot will be hosting Fort Peck Arts in the Park, July 23 from 11am to 6pm, and artists don't forget to participate in the final show in June, the theme is birds, in conjunction with "Wings Across the Big Sky". For more information or questions email artspotgallery@gmail.com or contact Toni at 228-9072.

Images Above: "Renewal" by TM LaGree and "CheckMate" by Laura Gittings-Carlson

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