When the Co-op art gallery in Fernwood closed, Victoria Artists, Arlene Nesbitt and Diana Durrand, decided to create another gallery for local artists to show their work. Searching for a suitable and affordable space was challenging!
It wasn't easy and money was tight but five years ago the Gage Gallery Arts Collective was created. I remember Arlene and Diana inviting me to join the group! I was so excited and honoured! I still am.
At that time the gallery was an artist's studio and needed much work to become the pristine space of a fine art gallery. With the help of fellow artists Yvonne Freigang, Joanne Hemond, Donald Ius, Dennis Shields and Francis Sullivan the gallery was fixed, painted and polished. The little gallery was ready for the first show in August 2014.
Since then every three weeks the gallery has presented the work of Victoria artists providing one of the few nonprofit venues in town.
The artist members have all brought a contribution to the fabric of the collective as we work together to take care of business, the gallery and the artists.
The 'Celebrate' show August 6 - 8th is an acknowledgment and thank you to the artists who created the gallery originally and the artists who have contributed along the way to keep this little gem alive and healthy. We actually have quite a 'fan base' of people who come by for each new show and Gage has become an active member of the Oak Bay community. Most of all Gage has provided a space for artist's to show their work and to share ideas and creative ventures with other artists. Thank you to our founders from all of us who have benefited from the creation of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective. Your creation has influenced many artists and the Oak Bay community.
Gallery Arts Collective