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Gateway Arts Spreads Cheer during the Holiday Season

During the months of November and December, Gateway Arts participated in three exciting events that raised funds to support Gateway Arts’ mission and showcased the talents of many Gateway artists.

On November 3, Duo Amie held a benefit concert in support of Gateway. Duo Amie is a Boston based cello and piano duo, Julie Reimann (cello) and Ellyses Kuan (piano), dedicated to bringing people together through music, and supporting the mission of non profits through organizing and performing benefit concerts. “The benefit concert was very well attended and raised over $2,800 for materials and studio space for over 100 artists at Gateway,” Christine Nolan, Development Specialist at Gateway Arts shared. The program featured Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition that was arranged for cello and piano. “A famous work of art was paired with each musical ensemble, along with a brief description written by Julie and Ellyses about the similarities between the two art forms,” noted Christine.

Gateway Arts also held their annual $100 and Under Holiday Exhibition. This exhibit gave patrons the opportunity to own a one of a kind piece of art from Gateway Arts for under $100, and was accompanied by a solo exhibition that featured works of art from a Gateway artist. Drawings, paintings, mixed media works of art, and other works by a wide range of Gateway artists were featured.

Dominic Tufo (pictured above) was the featured Gateway artist for the solo exhibition that is currently open until December 24. For his solo exhibit, Gateway provided a special space that celebrated the art career of Dominic, spanning over two decades. Dominic exclaimed “Thank you for my show!”

During the time of the exhibition, Gateway also hosted a one-day Holiday Fair on December 1. The Holiday Fair was a fun-filled day of shopping and holiday cheer. Jewelry, pottery, weaving, folk art/mixed media, fiber arts, and clothing from the studios and in the store were available for purchase. Christine shared that during the Holiday Fair attendees were treated to music by the group Nativa, a bake sale with sweet and savory treats, and a prize giveaway table sponsored by Blick Arts. “In all, there were about 260 people in attendance, including about 30 artists and their families and friends.”

Gateway’s Marketing Specialist Justine Portmann Katz said, “This year’s Holiday Fair was brimming with joyful spirit! We welcomed almost 300 shoppers to the Gateway Store, Gallery, and Studios, of which many fresh new faces joining the ranks of our loyal, longtime customers. This year, a record number of artists were in attendance, interacting with their patrons, and telling stories about their lives and their work. It was so moving to see. The professional validation that’s felt by each artist when someone connects with, and ultimately purchases their work, is truly priceless.”

Not only were all three events a success, but Gateway excited to announce their upcoming exhibition, Treasures, which will open in January 2019 and run through March to welcome back spring.

For more information about Gateway Arts and their upcoming exhibitions, visit their website at www.gatewayarts.org.