It is with great regret that we announce the unexpected closing of the Whitestone Gallery effective this July 26th. We wish to thank our many supporters: those who joined us for openings, found their own creative spirit in our Nuit Blanche activities or supported us by purchasing one of the amazing original works of art created by our members. It has been a great run and for almost 7 years over 50 artists have been members of the collective.
It seemed like it would never end, and our closing still feels surreal. But we all know how the great “location, location, location” mantra of real estate can lure owners to make choices unsuitable to the small entrepreneur tenant. This situation has plagued artists who struggle to find affordable locations for the creation, exhibition and sale of their work. In this regard, the current location of the Whitestone gallery at 80 Norfolk Street has served us well. But, changing times and rising rent have combined to make this location no longer feasible and without another venue on the horizon, the Whitestone, as a physical gallery space, needs to go on hiatus for now.
You no doubt understand that the Whitestone has been much more than just a physical space: it has been a creative hub reflecting the individual energies of many talented local artists. This energy will remain with us as we pursue our individual practices and while we discuss ways in which the collective can retain its core in a virtual space.
So it is our sincere hope that this isn’t “goodbye” but “so long for now.” As the last days of the gallery approach we have time for one more solo show. And that is the perfect way to say goodbye. Come out in the month of July and sign our guest book. Share your memories. Pass on your wishes for the collective. Let’s go out in style.