This week I am reminded of just how far we’ve come in less than a year.

Last May, Rose and I were looking for the perfect location for our gallery concept (which we found in the vibrant Delmar Loop), my sister LJ was designing logos and space plans, Rose was working on art, our hubbies were keeping us calm, and I was contacting artist friends for work for the gallery opening.  We started working with Clark Whittington to secure an ArtoMat® for our location and I transitioned further away from my comfort zone – practicing law full time.

Then construction started – the real challenge – and we met even more amazing people who helped us transform our vision into this amazing space.

This week we had visits from old friends, former colleagues, family, and potential new artists.  We sold pieces of art we love, made new friends, and enjoyed watching our vision take hold.  We welcomed the Midwest Travel Writers and introduced them to our ArtoMat® as well as some of the very talented local artists.  Visitors to the area  taking MetroLink into the Loop from downtown are discovering why this is “One of the 10 Great Streets in America.”  St. Louis residents are rediscovering the Loop – strolling the streets enjoying the great weather, shopping, event venues, and great food.

We have a spring and summer full of great events planned – starting with a trunk show for U City Jeweler Bev Baker next Saturday, May 3.  We are also partnering with Miss M’s Candy Boutique for a Mothers’ Day contest (details to follow).  We are participating in the 6th Annual Mannequins on the Loop May 17 – June 8  and Zack Smithey (of Mark Twain World fame) is designing our mannequin.

We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pintrest or check the Events page for further details as we get them posted.

Rose and I want to take a moment to thank all of you – too numerous to count – for helping us transform our germ of an idea (which started, like all good things, with a good bottle of wine and some dark chocolate) into something we love, are extremely proud of, and enjoy.  Our gallery assistants are amazing.  We’d love to give you a tour, tell you about our artists and their work, and help you find a perfect piece for yourself or someone else.

Have a great weekend!

Lisa Anne

In the beginning ...

In the beginning …

 

Ta Dah!

Ta Dah!

Artie rules!

Artie rules!