Red Door Gallery Year 2: The Year in Review
It’s hard to believe it has been a year already! We have been thrilled to operate Red Door Gallery for its second year from its location at 69 Main Street thanks to the generosity of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Halton Hills Cultural Roundtable, Downtown Georgetown BIA and Silvercreek Commercial Builders. We have held 13 art exhibits, hosted Ladies Paint Nights, Seniors’ Art in the Afternoon sessions in partnership with Hillsview Active Living Centre, and an Artists Professional Development Series, all of which have been well supported by the community.
We enjoyed the hard work of Gallery Coordinator Sheri Binsell, emerging artist Kristian Gutauskus, Studio Artist Randall Brandford, and Artist in Residence Shelley Newman. In anticipation of the Main Street closure, Shelley has moved to a new studio at Williams Mill in picturesque Glen Williams, just 2km North of downtown Georgetown. She can be reached via her website.
In this large space we have been able to offer the emerging artist studios and shows, as well as a mentoring programme. Local young musicians have used the URoom community recording facility and hosted acoustic music sessions and fundraisers in the main gallery and open mic nights in the community room. Particular thanks go to Matt Whitman, Jesse Alcaron and John Muirhead. Local youth visual art and poetry group The Canvased and The Scripted staged a week long art show and a sell out live poetry night in the gallery. Renewed thanks to Jade Dalton and her team.
Most of all, the team at Red Door Gallery is grateful to the many artists, volunteers, collectors, board members and supporters who have made this such a rich, exciting and successful year.
What’s Next? Red Door Gallery Year 3 and Beyond
We are working on the final elements of our mandate thru July 2017:
“Art in the Hills” brochure: Watch out for this colourful 8 page bike/drive art tour! You’ll find it in the IFP’s Victoria Day Weekend edition, at festivals and events over the summer, and in the community with our partners.
Online Art Gallery program: Showcasing the best of local artists work, we want to help unite artists and buyers. We are researching the needs of local artists and speaking to partner organizations before launching this initiative. To contribute your thoughts, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2 Review: We are writing a review of Year 2 for our funding partner, the Ontario Trillium Foundation. As we collate data and images we will be publishing them here too – so check back soon! We’d love your feedback! If you have thoughts about the gallery’s year on Main Street, or ideas for future operation, please share them with us. email@example.com. To hear more about our future plans, please sign up here.
With warmest wishes,
Kate McGowan and the Red Door Gallery Team