The Gallery on Main, began as most things do as an idea born of need. In the fall of 2000, Gil Smith, Chair of the EKU Art department and Pat Banks, artist, began a discussion about the need for a venue that could showcase academic artists, professional artists and new emerging artists in a permanent public space. It needed to be a professional presentation, accessible and affordable to elevate the fine arts and crafts in the collection.. Okay so we needed a fairy godmother! Well on cue entered Ms. Barb Grice, President and CEO of Community Trust Bank building. She had the space we needed, a Main Street entrance and wall space in the Community Trust Bank. It was right on Main Street! So we organized a board of gifted and talented artists, businesspersons and interested community members. We applied for our 501(c)(3) and started building our artist base, show ideas and mission. Our first show was scheduled for September 11, 2001. this was a traumatic time and tragedy so it was rescheduled for the next week. It was a huge success. We think people gathered to be together and be renewed in spirit.
Our mission is to support and cultivate artists and the arts as a vital resource to education and the community.
We have had a diverse collection of show themes from Love, Environment, Women, Water, Social Justice, etc. We have had group shows, one person shows, student work, and international exchanges! We have had media that includes clay, wood, iron, metal, stone, glass, fabric, canvas, paper, oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel, watercolor, photography, etc. Our board has evolved, changed and is in constant motion, Tim Houk is our current host at the Community Trust Bank. We are always growing and reaching out to new artists, recognizing new work and celebrating our diverse community!
The Gallery on Main in Richmond, Kentucky is
a 501 (c)3 nonprofit. we are Kentucky's best kept secret found in Richmond Kentucky! Build your fine art collection from some of the regions finest artists and fine craftsmen! Contributions are tax deductible.
We are free and open to the public. We offer guided tours by appointment and offer outreach opportunities for students and community groups. We partner with the Madison County Public Library with themed currated books that tie into our shows either at the gallery or virtual.
Our receptions celebrate the current art we have mounted in the gallery and adjacent spaces through out the bank. We connect the community to local and regional artists and clebrate with food, music, authors, poets and books.
Many of our artists, teach in the schools through the Kentucky Arts Council, provide workshops, classes and special exhibits. We partner with the Madison County Library- Richmond and other arts venues.
Patrons keep in touch with your local and regional artists through our virtual gallery. We are learning new skills and reaching out to our community to showcase the wonderful work our artists are still creating despite the pandemic!
Take hope and inspiration from them!
January- December 2021 The Social Justice Collection is in addition to our Social Justice Show. This is such an important time in our History we want to honor this space.
March 9- May 5 2021-Take Flight, Sing, Soar and Perch with our Feathered Friends- Birds. Featured Artists: Pat Banks and Kim Owens and Others! We invite our gallery members and community artists to submit work that fits the theme, all media accepted.
(Submit work by 3-1-2021)
May12- July 7, 2021-Cats and Dogs Our Pandemic Companions- Featured Artists: Judy Van deVenne and Jackie Thomas and Others! We invite our gallery members and community artists to submit work that fits the theme, all media accepted.(Submit work by 5-1-2021)
July14- September 1- Sunrise, Sunset, Moonrise and Twilight Moments in Time: featured artists: Alvis Agee and Renee Williams, and others! We invite our gallery members and community artists to submit work that fits the theme, all media accepted. (Submit work by 7-7-2021)
September 8 -November 2- Places in the Heart: Featured artists: Sallie Lanham and Shirley Jeter and others! We invite our gallery members and community artists to submit work that fits the theme, all media accepted. (Submit work by September 1, 2021)
November 9 -February- 2, 2022 Annual Juried High School and All Member Show, We invite our gallery members and community artists to submit work that fits the theme, all media accepted. Please note only the High School work will be juried with places and prizes. Submit work by 11-3-2021.
We are a 501(c)3
Thank you for your support!
Please consider joining our
Gallery on Main
as a Supporting Artist Member* at $35.00 or as a
Supporting Community Member for $50.00
*It is not a requirement for artists to be a supporting member of the Gallery to show your work, but we hope you will! It helps us with our community outreach, education and promotion. We will get through this together!!
Please send your check to the address above! We are a 501(c)3Thank you for your support!
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