For several years an art gallery was a gleam in the eye of Kate Marsh, ceramic artist, poet, and photographer. Last year she joined forces with potter Fred Pelroy, who needed a place to throw pots instead of in the middle of his living room.
The two searched in earnest for a proper studio in Burns. After looking at possibilities on and around the main street in town, they found a five-room former tattoo parlor painted red on the inside and staked their claim.
Kate drew up the papers for an artist cooperative and Gallery 15 was born. Core members and patrons helped to rip out an inside wall, paint over yellow and red ceilings and walls, and repair the interior. They painted the exterior wood deep blue, aqua and lime green. Beautiful glass display cases magically appeared.
Juried members brought artwork to sell. Art includes watercolor, acrylics, ceramics, pastels, watagami, jewelry, fiber and fabric art, books, photography, metal art and quilts.
On July 1, Gallery 15 opened for business, and their grand opening July 11 was a rousing success. August 28 was the first featured artist reception for batik watercolorist Linda Peterson of La Grande.
The Gallery participates in Burns’ new First Thursday events. Says Marsh, “Our focus at Gallery 15 is to represent fine art and fine crafts from Eastern Oregon. Showcasing local artists as well as featuring high-end regional artists will make our gallery a small art mecca in our wide expanse of high desert. This is for our community and our visitors, both.”
Gallery 15, open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-6pm.
76 East Washington St., Burns