Courtyard Gallery celebrates transition
Jan. 18, 2012 at 2:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 17, 2012 at 7:18 p.m.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Celebration of Art, Music and BooksWHEN: Noon to 9 p.m., SaturdayWHERE: Courtyard Gallery, 210 N. Esplanade St., CueroADMISSION: FreeINFORMATION: 361-275-9111
In addition to art displays by more than two dozen area artists and artisans, Saturday's event at the Courtyard Gallery in Cuero includes the following.
12:30-2 p.m. - Sonny Long, "Among Murderers and Madness"
2-3:30 p.m. - Mark Stoub, "Blood under the Altar"
3:30-5 p.m. - Patsy Moore, "The Miraculous Hand of God"
1 p.m. - Tommy Elskes
2 p.m. - Fletcher Clark
3-6 p.m. - Acoustic Jam with Matt Thigpen
6 p.m. - Jack Motley
7 p.m. - Acoustic Breeze (Susan Pyle, Wayne Davis, Earl Gard and Greg Starkweather)
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."