Today is June 30th. That will make 30 days I have officially taken over the space at 49 John St. in Charleston S.C. It has been a loooong month. Let me back track though, this plan of opening up a gallery did not begin in June.
Years ago, maybe more than several, it was 1997 and my first craft gallery job in Portland Maine where I first got the idea. Being an art school graduate myself with a concentration in ceramics and glass I was struck with jealousy that artists were selling their work and on the flip side how cool would it be to surround yourself with this kind of work as a gallery owner.
Since then I have had several more craft gallery jobs and eight years of being a part time potter trying to sell my own work. All the while the thought of owning my own gallery was a nice thought but seemed too far of a reach (but then again so did actually selling my work). So like I did when I took the plunge with starting a pottery business, I spearheaded a business plan for a gallery.
So where am I at now? At a very optimistic time at the beginning of June I had my opening date at July 1st, well that is not going to happen. I am having new lighting installed tomorrow, displays have to be finished and a new doorknob put in. I can be optimistic again and think maybe the 7nth of July but I have to see. Sometime in July!