Sunday, April 26, 2009

Parting Gift

The gallery The Creamery, located in the town of Platte, SD is closing.
I have been a part of this gallery since its conception and worked with the owners, in store, for the last 4 years.
Sadly the current state of economic affairs is placing a strain on the amount of traffic through our little town.
We hugely, depend upon tourist.

The owners Marc and Dianne are met with the daunting decision to close the establishment and hopefully give another entrepreneur the chance to make something of the building.
This decision made, we are opening for a few weeks to allow for last minute sales and vendors clean out.

I made a little parting gift that I hope Marc and Dianne will fondly remember me.

A continuation of the building series can include the buildings that Marc and Dianne restored for our town.
The Creamery and sitting directly across the street is the Theater.
Marc totally gutted the building then restored her back to period, all its interior.
She boast a live stage where performances still take place and a theater screen for movies.
He updated to sound.

The Lyric Theater..original to our town and now still enjoying performances from traveling artists and current movie projections.
I need to work on my paintings not all looking the same...that said...the one picture shows the pictures I took of the street view angle i wanted to paint. Then a close snap of the view I gave the buildings in the painting...I was going for a vintage look of a snapshot taken looking down main street...then the painting as a whole.
Except that all my paintings kind of look the same...I hope you do enjoy the outcome of the piece. And I hope Marc and Dianne won't just place it in the closet.
I will miss the was an interesting place to work, shop and meet other artist.


Anne said...

Hi, Mar! Sorry that the Creamery is closing! I don't think that this painting is "exactly" like the other one. There is no fence here. The colors are similar, but I think that's okay. Gives unity to a collection. I like seeing the pictures! Thanks for sharing your painting! :-)

mary schweitzer said...

I am so sad for you. Being an artist can be a lonely business, and having a place to be with like minded people is a blessing.
They will love this piece, how could they not!

Janet said...

Your painting is wonderful and I'm sure your friends will love it.

Dianne said...

so sorry to hear about the gallery closing (when a gallery opened in my town it didn't last even a year) hope you will continue to follow your muse and keep creating art!

Diane said...

WOW, WOW & WOW! This is absolutely beautiful but comes with a sad story. I am so sorry about their closing. There is no way they could put this beautiful piece into a closet. It is really wonderful, Mar!
Hugs, Diane

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...


This collage painting is gorgeous. I love it, and I know the new owners will cherish it with pride.

I'm saddened also to hear about the closing of yet another respite for artists. I sincerely hope the economy turns around soon and another similar place will be able to open. I know it won't be the same, but it might be a bit of comfort.