About Gallery 2: Art and Heritage Centre
Gallery 2 celebrates Art and Heritage as essential parts of the human experience.
The purpose of the Society is to establish a public, non-profit organization, in the city of Grand Forks and its surrounding region, dedicated to the professional advancement of cultural assets.
Gallery 2 is guided by the following core values:
- The value of increased community cultural benefits through diverse exhibition and outreach programming
- The value of contributing to the development and support of visual art and artists
- The value of meeting the financial, professional and ethical standards for public visual art and heritage institutions.
Grand Forks Art Gallery Society Mandate Statement, June 29, 2010
The Evolution of Gallery 2: Art and Heritage Centre
In 1982, the Grand Forks Area Arts Council hosted the Kootenay/Boundary Regional Juried Art Exhibition in the unfinished space beneath the newly constructed library. Following the success of this first exhibition it became clear that a more permanent art gallery would be possible.
With the encouragement and support of City Council, an enthusiastic Arts Council, and founding Director Richard Reid and Curator Beverley Reid’s untiring contributions in concept, design and construction, this location became the home of the Grand Forks Art Gallery. Following the official opening in June, 1984 this site continued to serve the community for the next twenty-four years, hosting more than four hundred and fifty exhibitions and developing an ever-growing Permanent Collection representing regional, national, and international artists documenting and preserving art history and cultural heritage.
Board of Directors
Steve Hollett/Marlene Wollenberg