A last minute appeal:
It bothered me that one wall of our Art is a Gift galleries was empty, following a cancellation. Not anymore, there was a reason to this available space!
Last Friday a new customer walked through the big red door of the frame shop, wanting to frame some paintings made by her aunt and daughter (it skips a generation, she said in her rolling east European accent.) I like accents, it gives a safe opportunity to ask where they’re from, having an accent myself, apparently…
Olana is from Ukraine, established in the valley where, among other things she runs a 501c3 organization to raise fund to have a bomb shelter built in her home school in Kyiv. But these days she is focused on raising funds for her aunt, the painter, whom she helped flee Ukraine and is now safe in Croatia, but with no income possibilities.
Olana asked me if I knew of a place where she could exhibit her aunt’s paintings. I responded that there were certainly options, but all exhibition spaces were typically booked months in advance. Then I thought about my vacant spot on the wall of the ECA gallery.
So we decided to give it a try, for just this final week of the season: We invite you to stop by Old Town Hall this week and next, and consider the purchase of one of Tamara Tkachuk’s paintings. 100% of the sales will benefit her and her husband. Alternatively, if you want to support the bomb shelter project, you can do so here
. And if you are not interested in a painting, please consider a monetary donation. To learn more about Tamara Tkachuk and her husband, click here
, and to see some images of her work, it’s here
At The Elusie Gallery – the ECA Gallery
Art is a Gift is unique in the local Holiday Market Place in that it lasts for one whole month, opening on Small Business Saturday and lasting through the end of the year Holidays.
This 9th Annual edition of Art is a Gift features an eclectic selection of Arts and Crafts from more than 30 artists and artisans, in two galleries conveniently located on the first floor of Easthampton’s Old Town Hall.
Aldo Cipriani, Amy Dawn-Kotel, Beth Crawford, Bronwen Hodgkinson, Carol Ingram, Catherine Gibbs, Chelsea Counsell, Cindy Chandler Guy, Denise Riggs, Dennis Cardalisco, Deserie Scheinost, Esther White, Jackie Grisworld, Jen Dieringer, John Krifka, Juli Kirk, Julie Woodbury, Kinga Martin, Luminary Designs, Martha Ture, Michelle Hallgren, Olwen Dowling, Pamela Acosta, Pat Hayes, Paul Yandoli, Peter Cangialosi, Renee Hill, Roxanne Boyd, Sage Meadows Farm, Siggie Zampa, Suzanna White, Tara Bronner, Viki Gable, Wayne Friedrich, The Wallflower Wizard, Whitney Wood.
Art is a Gift will be open when Big Red Frame is open:
Tu-Th 10:30 – 5:30
Fr 9:00 – 5:00
Sa 9:00 – 12:00 (Open until 4pm on Small Business Saturday)
No appointment necessary. Masks encouraged but not required.
Images will be added as Vendors continue to set up. Check this page often for udpates.