WELL, things are coming along with the help of many people. Be sure and check out the grand reopening poster below in an earlier post.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, some of Forest Grove's and Valley Art's most generous benefactors converged to unload items to put back into the renovated gallery.
Of course, renovations are still ongoing, but getting things back into the gallery is important too.
Here, above, you can see the back (west end) of the gallery with the newly opened skylight making things a lot brighter. A persimmon and sage green wall draw the eye to the back of the gallery, and will draw art lovers in too.
These new classroom light fixtures will be pleasing on the eye and lighten up the office, classrooms and pottery studio.
The podiums that were previously in the gallery have stood the test of time for being eminently useful, so they will be brought into service once more, with a fresh coat of paint.
Bob Richards, Pat Truax and Jerry Hoerber stand ready at Valley Art's doors to help unload cupboards from the van to bring into the gallery at 2022 Main St.
Pete Truax and Jerry Frye helped unload these cupboards from the van (big thank-you to VanDyke Appliance). The hydraulic lift on the back of the truck certainly helped with this chore, and where would we be without wheels?!
Mayor Richard Kidd was inside scoping out the office to see where the Internet hook-up should go.
It is satisfying to note how the community - and that is a wide community, from Vernonia to Hillsboro and beyond - has always come together when Valley Art needs help. Whether it was for the contributions to help this renovation along or the hours to apply for grants or painting the walls and woodwork or working with contractors, everyone pitched in to lend a hand.
Remember: The grand reopening is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 9 and we will have a celebration to end all celebrations when we welcome in our new gallery. Be there!