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Greencastle gallery to close for season

December 14, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. ? Since mid-November, Greencastle has had its very own art gallery, Gallery 7, sponsored by the Greencastle Arts Council and featuring the work of 20 local artists.

However, tonight and Saturday are the last days that Gallery 7 will be open for the season.

The gallery has been open on Fridays and Saturdays in conjunction with Greencastle-Antrim's 17th annual Heritage Christmas.

"It sort of grew out of the idea of summer events we had," said Greencastle Arts Council President John Gamble. "We'd do a daylong festival of arts ? it was a day long even usually in June (and) it was an awful lot of work for one day."

Gamble said the arts council was lookdaying for a way to display art work for a longer period of time. They decided to contact Charles Strausbaugh, CPA, who has an office in Greencastle, but his main office is in Waynesboro, Pa.

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"We did it in August for a week" during Old Home Week, said Gamble, who started up the arts council with his wife, Suzanne in 1983. "We started thinking about bringing (the gallery) back for Heritage Christmas."

The building on 107 E. Baltimore St. is just the right fit for 20 artists, Gamble said. The artists' work includes oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, hand-made jewelry, photography, printmaking, drawings, fine crafts and collages.

All of the art is on sale, ranging in price from $10 for certain photography pieces, $40 to $60 for photographs, $25 to $40 for prints and anywere from $45 to $300 for paintings.

Gamble said prices of the art work sometimes surprises people, but he believes original art is very valuable.

"In a culture we have that is so immersed in mass media, it can be a really exciting investment for the home/office to have a one-of-a-kind, original work of art," Gamble said.

Each of the 20 artists have taken turns staffing the gallery on the days it is open.

The arts council decided to open Gallery 7 around the same time as Heritage Christmas because they thought the other events going on would attract more people to the gallery, Gamble said.

"It's not been as well-attended as we'd anticipated," Gamble said. "It often takes a while to develop a client group since it's the first year."

"We're really hoping this last weekend will prompt a great turnout of people," he said.

Some of the most popular works at the gallery are smaller items, including photographs, individual greeting cards, handwoven pieces and craft items, Gamble said.

Any money from the sale of the works goes directly back to the artists.

The arts council has had almost no expense for the gallery since the office was donated by Strausbaugh.

The arts council has been working for the past five years to build up the group of 20 artists, whose work is on display at Gallery 7. Each artist must be a member of the arts council, which requires a $10 membership fee.

Gamble has three watercolor paintings of his own for sale at the gallery. The painting are titled "Mystic Woods," "Cardinal," and "First Snow."

"I've been painting all of my adult life, (which) is easily more than 40 years," said Gamble, who retired after working as an art teacher in the Greencastle-Antrim School District for more than 35 years and is now working part-time as an art teacher at the Primary School.

"I've done a lot of paintings, but I thought I'd bring out a lot of holiday, wintry things for this show," Gamble said.




If you go



What: Gallery 7, featuring the work of 20 local artists

When: Tonight, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 107 E. Baltimore St.

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