Thursday, February 5, 2015

In Memory of our Beloved Member, Lauren Ritchie

Lauren at work on one of her lanterns.
Gallery 54 is sad to share with you the unexpected passing in January of one of our founding members, Lauren Ritchie.  Lauren has been a co-owner, friend, and vital part of Gallery 54 since the very beginning. She was a well known member of the Central New York art community, beloved by many, and will be eternally missed.
Lauren was well known for her hand-carved ceramic lanterns.  They have been widely exhibited and collected by many.  She was a mentor to other ceramic artists, and cofounder of the Westcott Art Trail.

Lauren's garden dragons were illustrative of her whimsical and fun-loving personality.  She always had a laugh to share and never shied away from a new adventure.

Lauren's contributions to her community will live on for many years to come.  We will keep Lauren's friends and family in our thoughts and always treasure our memories of her.   

Gifts for your Sweetheart!!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Gallery 54 is a wonderful place to find a unique gift for your sweetheart.  Everything in our shop is handcrafted by local artists and sure to make an impression.

We adore this newly completed heart mosaic by Terry Askey-Cole.  Terry makes her mosaics using broken pieces of her pottery that are carefully arranged to make one-of-a-kind framed mosaics for the wall.  This piece is currently available at the Gallery, and best seen in person!

Kathleen Schneider is one of our talented and versatile painters.  Kathy works primarily in watercolor and acrylic.  She recently completed this watercolor portrait.  Her most recent works are on display at our shop.