Gallery One, a co-operative, is seeking a new exhibition space or spaces. It is moving from its home of the last five years, the Clayhouse in the Old Saybrook Shopping Center. “It is an exciting moment, giving the Gallery a chance to identify new ways to expand its horizons,” says Judith Barbour Osborne, Director.“Artists always discover ways to reach their audience, such as exhibiting in an alternative space like Soho or Chelsea, the former meat-packing district of New York City. As we are researching new exhibition spaces,” Osborne says, “we have begun to meet as a group in each others’ studios to discuss our common interests in art.”
Gallery One has become far more than a gallery showing the works of its members. It is a union of artists who have bonded around their creative process and so the gallery has become about the creative process. Gallery One presents a mixture of representational and abstract work, setting up a visual dialogue between the two. It emphasizes the unique voices of its experienced artists. Statements by each of the artists are often posted alongside their work and they are present at receptions to discuss their work, bringing an awareness of the value of art to anyone who stops by.
As a co-operative gallery, there is work required of each member artist. To keep that to a minimum, they are looking for a space that requires little or no gallery sitting, allowing its artists as much time in their studios as possible. This could be an ongoing space or one in which they could exhibit for a set period of time, such as one or two months. Gallery One is asking their patrons, supporters, friends and acquaintances for their ideas. Send yours to email@example.com or P.O. Box 4023, Old Lyme, CT 06371.
For the last few years the artists of Gallery One have exhibited at 300 George Street in New Haven in the fall. This year the Annual Fall New Haven Exhibition at 300 George Street will run from October 22 through November 29. Hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Their annual year-end show, The Artists of Gallery One Holiday Exhibition will be located a few doors from their former location in the Old Saybrook Shopping Center: two doors to the left of Pier 1 Imports, November 23 through December 24. Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Christmas Eve, 1:00–4:00 p.m., with a reception on Sunday, December 2, 2:00–5:00 p.m. Check the website for the latest information: www.galleryonect.com.
Future exhibitions include the Guilford Art Center in early summer and the Essex Art Association in the fall of 2013. The members of Gallery One are primarily mid-career artists who live on the Shoreline from Branford through Old Lyme. Member artists are Nile Barrett, Westbrook; Elizabeth Boyd, Madison; David Brown, Old Saybrook; Ashby Carlisle, Old Lyme; Mary Fussell, Clinton; Paul Harper, Essex; Denise Gaffney Hartz, Deep River; Margaret Kangley, Essex; William G. Nelson, Ivoryton; Judith Barbour Osborne, Ivoryton; Diana Rogers, Clinton; Chip Rutan, Old Saybrook; Rick Silberberg, Ivoryton; Maureen Squires, Branford; and Jill Vaughn, Ivoryton.
The Gallery One website is www.galleryonect.com.