|Lower Campus Golden Afternoon - oil on canvas - sold|
Whenever I travel to other Canadian public galleries, I ALWAYS make a stop in to see their satellite rental and sales galleries....that is where you get to see current art from local city artists; it's always such a joy to see that.
The Agnes Etherington Art Rental and Sales Gallery is run by the Gallery Association. It was begun as a fundraising initiative for the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at least 25 years ago. It was an exciting place to see fresh new Kingston art. It expanded to include a gift shop for the public gallery as well. The Gallery Association is the charitable organization that administers both the rental gallery and the gift shop. Queen's University owns the Agnes Etherington Art Centre building.
Over the years much of Kingston's community has supported the Gallery Associations efforts by fundraising. Why wouldn't we? A great little public art gallery within our city, on the Queens campus. The uniquely Kingston part of it was its art rental and sales gallery.
Yesterday I went back through my records...I noted that I had sold 19 paintings from the rental and sales gallery since 2002, and rented tons more! Clients I never would have found otherwise, chose my work in the AE rental and sales gallery. It will be such a loss for me to lose the rental and sales gallery, if it does not find a new home. The problem of course is that the rental and sales gallery had it good. They did not pay rent to use the space within the AEAC. Finding a new home for the rental and sales gallery with such a similar easy situation, will be a difficult thing in this era of business first, art second.
When the AEAC needed the Gallery Association's fundraising money, it was welcome to occupy space within the public gallery. Now it seems that's not the case. Hard to understand. Sad.