Eau Gallie Gallery joins local art scene

One of the newest galleries in the Rock River Valley is curiously named Eau Gallie Gallery. This exhibit space, located in downtown Rockton, was founded by former Harlem School District Superintendent John Hurley. Hurley opened the gallery in September of 2003 out of his ongoing interest in visual art and his belief that there was a need for a gallery that focused solely on local, original art.

The gallery offers a variety of sculpture, paintings, photography, jewelry and wearable art. “We are very pleased to provide a quality venue for local artists. People of the region do not have to go outside the Rock River Valley to get good art at an affordable price,” says Hurley of his foray into the art world.

Approximately 30 artists from the Studio Artists group have works on display at Eau Gallie now through March 28. Two of the members of Studio Artists have been involved with the gallery since its beginnings: Peg Sowle and Jan Johnson, current president of the group. Other artists currently on display include Adah K. Sorenson, Jean Johnson, Jean Apgar, Mercedes Gyorkos, Joyce Bietau, Kristine Ball, Jeanette Fay and Diane Azaria.

The show highlights often decorative work; pieces that are less on the cutting edge but ones you are more likely to display in your home. Notable works in the show include architectural watercolors by Kathy Maynor-Rybicki, whimsical fish watercolors by Colleen Benthal, and Studio Artists instructor Christy Andres’ watercolors demonstrating technical excellence in her beautiful renderings of people and flora.

Located in the downtown block of Rockton, Eau Gallie is an excellent addition to the area, providing another place of interest and another much needed venue for art.

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