A Brief History of the Gallery
The Les Malamut Art Gallery, incorporated as the Wheelchair Gallery Inc., is located at 1980 Morris Ave, Union, New Jersey 07083. The Gallery was the creation of a group of citizens who wished to provide access to original works of art to all residents of Union Township, New Jersey. The group raised money through grants and donations to install an elevator providing access to the lower level of the Public Library; the Library Trustees provided space and agreed to the formation of a Gallery Committee that would have responsibility for all artistic activities. The Library has provided the physical facility and supported the Gallery since 1988. The Gallery opened in March 1988 as the Wheelchair Art Gallery.
When an exhibit opens, the artist(s) hosts a reception and the gallery provides publicity. Each year six to eight exhibits are mounted covering a broad spectrum of various media. Prospective artists are invited to submit slides or samples of their work to members of the Gallery Committee. This is usually done during an opening reception. There are also special events in the gallery that tie in to a current exhibit. In the past there have been demonstrations of encaustic technique, photographing ice, digitally publishing a coffee table type photography book, and using technology to create digital art. Each year in April, to celebrate National Poetry Month an evening of poetry readings is held in the gallery.
Members of the Gallery Committee are volunteers; some are artists, others are interested members of the community. The Library Director serves as liaison to the Library Board of Trustees. There is no paid staff. New Board members and volunteers are being actively sought to assist in and extend the outreach of the Gallery. Contact Barbara Wirkus email@example.com for information.
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Blog “Painting with Words” by Leona M Seufert, artist and writer and board member, the Les Malamut Art Gallery