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Courtyard Gallery celebrates transition

Sonny Long

By Sonny Long
Jan. 18, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.

"Law of Inertia" by Jill Pankey will be among the art on display Saturday at the Courtyard Gallery in Cuero. More than two dozen artists and artisans will have their work on display. Saturday's event, from noon until 9 p.m., also includes authors and musicians.

"Law of Inertia" by Jill Pankey will be among the art on display Saturday at the Courtyard Gallery in Cuero. More than two dozen artists and artisans will have their work on display. Saturday's event, from noon until 9 p.m., also includes authors and musicians.

CUERO - Kerry Rhotenberry doesn't see the closing of the Courtyard Gallery location in Cuero as the end of something, but a new beginning and a reason to celebrate.

The gallery, which opened in October 2006, is hosting a special event Saturday to mark the transition from the physical store-front operation to an e-commerce, event-based operation.

"The past five years have been great," Rhotenberry said. "We are looking forward to the future as we continue to spotlight regional artists, musicians and authors."

Plans are to "go dark" for a few months while updating the gallery's website and ramping up the online store, Rhotenberry said.

"It is our long-held belief that healthy things grow and growing things change," Rhotenberry said. "We must be healthy because we're a-growin' and a-changin' - mostly as a result of some really fine artists, along with customers that enjoy and appreciate the unique nature and beauty of original art work."

Rhotenberry said the store's email list of more than 2,000 names will be used to notify art lovers when new art is available for viewing on Courtyard Gallery's website or Facebook page.

She also plans to host a series of "Art Days," using Saturday's event as a model.

"Instead of one set place, we want to get this art out to the public and into even more communities in the region," she said.

"My goal has always been to put the art into the public eye," Rhotenberry said. "I've loved doing that."

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