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WATER GALLERY: OUR STORY



Water Gallery was founded in the spring and summer of 2010 by three artists with an idea: Aaron Wiener, Helen Mirkil, and Brian H. Peterson. The idea was simple: create an artist-run commercial gallery with the mind-set and mission of a non-profit space. This gallery would not only serve as a focal point for art in the suburbs, it would be an integral part of the revitalization of Lansdale, and feature professionally-oriented work of the highest caliber as well as nurture emerging voices. Water Gallery currently has two apprentice members who benefit from critiques and mentoring from more experienced artists.



After several months of preparatory work, including finding and renting a space,…

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  • Joined September 23, 2011

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Glass, Jewelry, paint, photography, found object, ceramics, pottery, silver, sculpture

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About

WATER GALLERY: OUR STORY



Water Gallery was founded in the spring and summer of 2010 by three artists with an idea: Aaron Wiener, Helen Mirkil, and Brian H. Peterson. The idea was simple: create an artist-run commercial gallery with the mind-set and mission of a non-profit space. This gallery would not only serve as a focal point for art in the suburbs, it would be an integral part of the revitalization of Lansdale, and feature professionally-oriented work of the highest caliber as well as nurture emerging voices. Water Gallery currently has two apprentice members who benefit from critiques and mentoring from more experienced artists.



After several months of preparatory work, including finding and renting a space, incorporating, acquiring member artists, and turning an unused and abandoned room into a well-lit and professional exhibit area, Water Gallery opened its doors. The initial exhibit introduced both the gallery and gallery members; subsequent exhibits will feature solo shows by gallery artists as well as distinguished guests, and an ongoing display of work by members.



The gallery is owned and operated by the three founders, but like a co-op, all gallery functions are run by its artist members, and each member pays a modest monthly membership fee. The gallery charges a 20% commission on sales, much less than typical commercial galleries, and the three founders have written into the organizational by-laws the provision that any profits that might be generated would be put into a fund to benefit the gallery in its mission to serve the community.



Long-range plans call for an ambitious schedule of exhibitions as well as community-oriented events and programs such as poetry readings, critiques, and musical performances.

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