• Come Celebrate 30 years!

Come Celebrate 30 years!

Gallery 2 Art & Heritage Centre

June 21, 2014 from 12-3pm

On Saturday, June 21, 2014  from 12-3pm Gallery 2 Art & Heritage Centre will be hosting an old-fashioned family birthday party. They are keeping with the theme of their latest heritage exhibit “Toys Were Us” with children’s games and activities; three-legged races, sack races, fish pond, egg run and more. The classic goodies of hot dogs, cupcakes, and kool-aid will be served.
“We are inviting the community and surrounding areas to join us.  Bring your children and grand-children, have some fun and celebrate our 30th birthday”, says Tina Bryan “This outdoor party will have something for everyone and if you’re young at heart you can participate in the games.”
It’s not only a fun time but a time to reflect on the past 30 years. It took an enthusiastic arts community with leaders Richard and Beverley Reid at the helm to form the Grand Forks Art Gallery Society, with a membership now over 300. With the move came a new name Gallery 2 Art & Heritage Gallery with the name came new mandates.
Five years ago we celebrated 25 years,  it was an amazing time,  we cut the ribbon to the new location in the 100 year old newly renovated courthouse; unveiled the majestic upstairs gallery which was duly named after our founders, Richard and Beverley Reid. This couple was instrumental in establishing the first space located below the newly built library back in 1982 along with the support and assistance of the Grand Forks Area Arts Council and the City of Grand Forks.  The Grand Forks Art Gallery opened its doors in 1984 and has never looked back. In the past five years we’ve seen the completion of the Grand Forks Permanent Heritage Gallery in 2011 which was largely funded by the Grand Forks Credit Union. This gallery was fashioned by historian and curator Roger Boulet with the display design and installation by Peter Galonski.
We have the addition of the Grand Forks Visitor Centre which brings in thousands of visitors from all over the world who tour the building and make comments like “We can’t believe this small community has such an amazing building it’s comparable to the big city galleries”.
The fundraising events have changed, thirty years ago the wine tasting was an intimate gathering with up to 25 people in attendance, a couple of wineries and some cheese and crackers. Now it’s an elaborate event with more than 200 guests who come dressed in their finest to attend the community pre-Christmas affair with 14 wineries, eight local food caterers and two micro-breweries, it’s a sell out each year. The bi-annual Garden Tour saw more than 100 people in 2013 compared to 50 in the past. A relatively new event the colorful Masquerade Ball is in its infant stages but each year the costumes get more elaborate and the crowd more enthusiastic as they dance the night away to a live band.
The building has become a meeting place for clubs like the Grand Forks Rotary Club, ANKORS, BC Assessment and the City of Grand Forks. The school tours have increased as we see hundreds of school students through each year, either to tour the building or participate in the new heritage curriculum funded by Direct Access.
Most importantly are the increases of exhibitions,  averaging 13 exhibitions  a year.  The most popular exhibit in 2013 was our own Christina Lake artist and founder Beverley Reid “Hanging by a Thread”. Other past exhibitions include Lou Lynn, Maggie Tchir and Robin Dupont; provincial, national and international artists including Pat Service, Robert Murray and David Eustace. The Art Rental Program has really taken off with more than 60 artists sharing their work; you can see artwork displayed in our local businesses. We now have it catalogued on our website. Some of the Boundary artists like Nora Curiston, Steve Howard, Bev Harcus and Richard Reid are just a few of the local artists who have shown in the gallery. Also the gallery continues to host the Boundary Showcase of the Arts, and has for 20 years,  filling the three galleries with more than 170 art pieces.