After 22 years the Valley Green Gallery closed on November 22, 2014. The Gallery had been a unique community asset for all those years. The closure was sudden. Those who displayed their work at the gallery were surprised and saddened. I, for one, also was at a loss as to where I might be able to hang and show my work. The gallery was just ten minutes away from my home. Right before the closing I was at the gallery talking about this with a couple of other artists with the same problem. They asked me if I heard of anyone who might be opening a gallery to let them know.
When I arose the next morning I never dreamed that by the end of the day I would have committed to opening a gallery at the Rockfish Valley Community Center. Before that day it had never occurred to me to open an art gallery. However, I had not the slightest doubt that this was the right thing for me to do. The space at the Community Center was not quite a third of the Valley Green Gallery’s space but nevertheless the whole package was quite good and the room was just what I wanted. I did loose several former Valley Green Gallery artists because of the signage problem at Rt. 151 and Rockfish School Lane, namely that the many retail stores and the services offered at the Community Center could not be adequately shown on the signage allowed. This is as a result of a Nelson County Zoning Ordinance Section 2 regarding and defining Community Centers. I felt confident that the Rockfish River Gallery could be sufficiently promoted otherwise and that promotion could bring in ample traffic to keep this gallery going and prospering.
Remodeling of the Community Center Space, including building a wall and installing the front door in that wall and painting, trimming, putting up slat wall, refurbishing our three counter displays and various other work, began about January 20th 2015 and we opened March 7, 2015. All of the Wonderful Remodeling was done by Ally Home Services consisting of Steve Ally and Jimmy Harrell at 5403779990. I mention them because they did beautiful work at a very fair price.
There are two types of members: 1. Those who pay a monthly fee of $35.00 and allow the gallery to take 5% of their net sales monthly and spend one day a month at the Gallery as clerk. 2. The next type of member pays $50.00 a week and the gallery takes 5% of their net sales and they have no obligation to work as clerk one day a month. Being a member means they have a voice in operating the gallery. 3. The last way to display in the gallery is via consignment. The gallery takes 25% of the net sales monthly.
My personal mission for the gallery is:
To tastefully display very well crafted three dimensional work and beautiful and well done two dimensional work.
My very personal mission for myself is:
To find ways to help individuals discover and express their creative energy and find ways to display their work outside of the gallery or in it if appropriate.