New art gallery, co-op in Grass Valley shows growing trend

A new art gallery and co-op is opening in downtown Grass Valley for artists to display and sell their work year-round.

It is part of a growing trend, joining local galleries such as As if Studios, which is now in its third year. The county has more working artists than almost anywhere else in the state.

The Art Works Gallery is scheduled to open in mid-May. It will be located on 113 Mill Street in a 2,000 square-foot retail space. Space will be available for 35 to 50 artists.

The co-op will display paintings, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, photography and more.

The gallery is being established by five local artists, including Dan Augstein, furniture and sculpture; Linda Kaneko, jewelry design; Gail Lipson, photography; Jerry Murphy, oil painting; and Rene Sprattling, ceramics.

More information is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

8 thoughts on “New art gallery, co-op in Grass Valley shows growing trend”

  1. The new gallary participants are to be congratulated and wished succuss. Others have tried this in the past (Gallary 1) and found rentals in the old town area of Grass Valley too high. With current economic conditions, one can only hope landlords give these and other entrepeneurs who wish to locate here a break. Businesses which enhance the reputation of the city as an arts and cultural center and mecca for fine food and wine lovers are always welcome.

  2. Yes. Here’s what one of the artists wrote on the sierraculture.com site:

    Linda Kaneko — Thanks for the posting, Jeff. The gallery is getting an amazing reception by the local artisan community. Our first jury selection process is this weekend, and we already have a lot of applications! We will have at least one more jurying before we open and are offering an incentive to artists who are selected and join us before our opening in May.

  3. As a former member of the old Artist’s Guild in Nevada City, I know how hard it is to keep the doors open. We failed even with low rent from the city and Leonard Nimoy photographs to draw people in. Having the internet will hopefully be a big help that wasn’t available to us back then.

    Good luck.

  4. As always, thanks to Pat and Bob for the “institutional knowledge.” I’m impressed how As if Studio in GV is making a go of it, now with a gallery as well as rental spaces for artists. They also have added the school’s “mud hut” program and lots of classes – a “three-fer.” Check it out if you get a chance, over on I-M Road.

  5. A big, massive THANK YOU to the five local artists, including Dan Augstein, furniture and sculpture; Linda Kaneko, jewelry design; Gail Lipson, photography; Jerry Murphy, oil painting; and Rene Sprattling, ceramics.

    THANK YOU for your efforts!

  6. Your gallery is wonderful. The work is extraordinary and the artist/sales staff so cordial. This is now my new “first destination” when we have out of town guests. I’m thoroughly enjoying the gorgeous glass art I purchased there and look forward to return visits. Keep up the good work! You are a great addition to the town.

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