This month we (Cole Gallery) celebrate five years in business. With galleries across the country closing their doors at a mournfully rapid rate, the healthy growth and continually bustling arts scene at Cole Gallery comes as a welcome celebration.
Five years ago, Cole Gallery opened when Denise Cole, proprietor, acted upon her dream of bringing a national class gallery to Edmonds. When the gallery opened in December of 2006, Denise Cole had no idea how much it would grow. Cole Gallery initially represented about 12 artists who for the most part were local. Over the last five years we have grown to represent over 45 artists.
Still specializing in Northwest artists, the gallery now shows artists from Alaska to Arizona in all mediums including sculpture and jewelry. We have grown from being a lovely little community gallery to being nationally known. Denise says, “The fact that we sell paintings to people all over the country has been a big and wonderful surprise.”
Cole Gallery has also grown our art instruction component. We have gone from having maybe one class or workshop a month to now having multiple weekly classes and workshops almost every weekend.
When asked about what Denise sees for the gallery in the next five years, she simply replies, “New ideas to develop, more growth to come.” Cole Gallery is about connecting people to the arts. Whether that means helping people find beautiful original art for their homes or businesses or helping them discover the artist within.
Cole Gallery will commemorate our fifth year with a gala event on Saturday, January 14th from 6 to 9 pm. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, music, and of course, spectacular art with over 70 new pieces brought in for the anniversary. Come celebrate with us.
(contributed by Shannon Black)