After an ownership change at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade drove artists away earlier this year, more than twenty Grand Valley artists will now display their work in the newly-expanded Craig Gallery Palisade at 128 East 3rd Street in the heart of downtown Palisade. The Gallery is easily identified by the big, red metal heart sculpture in front of the building.
Gallery owner Tammy Craig, who also owns Fruit and Wine Real Estate, has wanted to expand the Gallery for some time.
“Then Kay Crane became available and I saw the opportunity to take the gallery to the next level with a full-time Gallery Director,” she says. “Kay’s expertise and experience are unparalleled. As the former Director of the Blue Pig Gallery and an artist in her own right, Kay is well known for attracting and working well with top-flight artists.”
Crane is delighted with the expansion of the Gallery and the phalanx of artists populating it. “Having another art gallery in the heart of downtown Palisade is good for all concerned — the arts, the artists and the community. This is going to be fun!”
Artists joining Crane at the Craig Gallery include Cynthia Duff, Dianna Fritzler, DJ Janowski, Mary Pat Ettinger, Ron Cloyd, John Anglim, Diane Anglim, Gerry Jensen, Kathryn McBride, Monica Esposito, Bud Marcos, Chris Eaton, Gail Evans, Jennifer Kass, Nancee Busse, Peg Oswald, Gayle Gerson, Lorelei, Carolyn Thome, Diane Saulnier, Tammy Craig and Christine Feller.
The Craig Gallery’s soft opening is August 1 and the grand opening is scheduled for August 19.