515 Gallery Opening

515 Gallery Management Class w/ me in the middle
 January 14, 2012 was the opening reception for the 515 Gallery exhibit, 
"women with a(rt) purpose". 
515 Gallery is run by the Gallery Management Class of Clare (MI) High School and their exceptional teacher, Kim Kleinhardt.  The students select the artists, do all communications & advertising, hang the show, man the reception, introduce the artists, take care of all sales - everything!  
I was amazed first by the concept of the Gallery Management Class.  Then I was completely taken with the professionalism of the gallery.  
They did a first class job that rivals any gallery I have been to.

 The city of Clare put up banners of the exhibit on the street lamps.

The gallery was packed!
Even though the day before there was enough snow to close schools and that this evening it was
4 degrees outside, I would guess over 200 people came to the opening reception!

 My prints were very nicely displayed.

 Katie Chichester beautifully expressive oil paintings of rural scenes. 
She is a graduate of the Gallery Management class.

Puppet Theater front
Carrie Anne Parks (faculty at Alma College) clay Puppet Theaters were so richly detailed.  Four of them were displayed so the front could be seen from outside the Gallery.  Here is the front & back of one theater.  (My camera fogged up a little when I went out to take pictures so the colors aren't as bright as in person.)

Puppet Theater back
 Winter hours for the Gallery are Saturdays, 1pm - 4pm.  This exhibit will be up until March 31.
Katie Chichester, Kim Kleinhardt, Carrie Parks, Linda Beeman