Pistol Creek Gallery draws crowd for reception

The Pistol Creek Gallery held a reception for featured artists on March 21, and a crowd turned out to support the artists represented at the event.

“It was a gallery group show, and it went really well,” said gallery owner and artist Heather Whiteside. “There were 15 different artists participating.”

Whiteside said that while the event was a success, she is changing the business plan for her East Broadway Avenue gallery. The change will mean different hours for when the gallery is open to the public.

“The direction I’m going to go with the gallery is that it is going to be more of a working art studio for myself. I’m probably not going to be representing other artists,” she said. “I’m going to do a periodic art show, and I’ll invite artists to participate, and I may also do some focused shows. In the meantime, it will be my art studio.”

Whiteside said that when she’s at the gallery/studio and working, it will be open to the public. “When I’m not there, it will be open by appointment. I’m changing the business concept,” she said. “I’m doing it for personal reasons. I think it puts me in a direction I’ll be happier. It’s been really tough doing two jobs - full time painter and gallery owner. A lot is being sacrificed by trying to do both jobs.”

Whiteside said she plans to keep business hours consistent for now. “I’ll send out an announcement to my clients when the change occurs so people will know,” she said.

For more information about the gallery or Whiteside’s work, call 865-310-3540 or visit www.whitesideart.com on the web.

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