There has been a gallery at 490 Main St. in Weaverville for 22 years. When Van Matre’s closed in 1998, artist Debee Holland Olsen rented the space from Dick and Sandy Morris, and with the help of Buddy and Dave Hazard, remodeled the space into a gallery. The Trinity County Arts Council moved its gallery from the council’s headquarters in Lee Ranch House into the current gallery space in 2001. Owing to major cutbacks in funding, in 2010, the Arts Council declared itself unable to support the Gallery. In July 2010, a committee of five artists, spearheaded by Joy Wiltsee, launched Club CIX to raise funds to pay the gallery rent for a year.

In June 2011, the gallery was due to close unless an individual or group stepped forward to take over gallery management. A group of 10 artists came together to form a committee called Keep the Main Street Gallery Alive! They launched a pledge drive that was astoundingly successful and reached its goal in three weeks.

Main Street Gallery’s continuing mission is to support local and emerging artists, provide a learning environment through art workshops and instruction, showcase quality art and craft exhibits to promote the artistic and cultural development of our area.

Keep the Dream Alive! Show your support of Main Street Gallery by renewing your membership now, take this opportunity to become a new member, or make a one-time donation. You can make a difference.

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