Since this is our first blog posting, we wanted to provide you with a bit of Gallery history.
In the beginning, well in the 1990’s anyway, a number of artists belonged to the San Luis Artists’ Gallery, a co-op located in the Creamery in San Luis Obispo, California. The artists were anxious to show their work, sell some art, and most importantly, have a place to display their art – a place where people could experience the heart, soul and passion that was poured into every work of art.
The foot traffic was light and not a lot of sales were made in those early days, but being a true co-op, the artists kept busy with committee and membership meetings. Every idea was put to vote and required a consensus of the co-op members to implement. This soon became a bit overwhelming and a small group of the artists decided to band together and go out on their own. They searched for months, for that perfect location, and several months later, finally found the current location at Marina Square.
This group, having experienced a true co-op, knew that they did not want to organize their new business as a co-op, so they identified an owner, Nona Jane Siragusa, and “hub” group, Hope Myers, Richard Kish, Karen Peterson, Pat Newton, Deb Festa, most recently, Ardella Swanberg and Alice Cahill, to bring the gallery from dream to reality.
The group worked very hard to clean, paint, light and prepare the gallery for its grand debut, and in July 2003, Gallery at Marina Square opened. The original group worked very diligently to create new art, hang and display their artwork, market the gallery, and work the gallery. Their efforts paid off and soon most of the artists from the San Luis Artists’ Gallery joined them in their new endeavor.
The gallery continues to grow and evolve, and there are now more than 60 award-winning professional artists represented. The gallery represents painters in all media, sculptors in metal and ceramics, photographers, jewelers, glass blowers and fusers, woodcrafts, and fabric artists. In addition, the gallery artists keep things fresh by updating their displays monthly. Also, new artists are welcome to be juried in to get on our waiting list, by contacting Jane Siragusa. The gallery is open daily, from 10 am, and a public reception is held the second Friday of every month (from 5-8 pm) and features the work of a member artist and a guest artist.
Gallery at Marina Square is much more than just a gallery. It is a family of artists, who have a passion to express themselves artistically. We rely on one another for support and encouragement, and we love interacting with everyone who steps through our doors. We invite you to visit the gallery during our regular business hours, or for an artists' reception. If for some reason you can’t visit us in person, we invite you to stay connected via our Gallery at Marina Square Blog – http://GalleryAtMarinaSquare.blogspot.com/
We hope to see you soon!