One of greatest joys of
our lives has been our friends. First Friday Art walks have become a time where
we can sit down and talk. Hearing everyone’s stories ties us together. Home
becomes much larger than were we live. Home is “place”, where extended families
inter act and broaden our vision and our world.
Our lives will be
changed forever and going back to former lives is not necessarily a good thing.
Some the greatest thinking and scientific and mathematic discoveries took place
with the backdrop of the Black Plague in the 1660’s. My maternal grandfather
born in the late 1880’s lived through two world wars, the Korean and Viet Nam
wars, saw the invention of the car and air plane and the landing on the moon,
and the Great Depression once said to me, “the good ol’ days were not so good.”
I don’t want to return to the past. Our future becomes our new lives. We will still make choices that will help form how we will live and who we will be.
This will pass, but we
should come out of this a better people, I hope.
As we are changing the manner in which we use our space at Seilers’ Studio & Gallery, I’m changing how approach my painting. It has been said that Walt Whitman spent his later years working and reworking his Leaves of Grass. I’ve often felt that I could improve some of my older paintings, even if it we’re just in small subtle manners. My concern is to raise a painting’s beauty a little so that it becomes a more complete work of art.
Shelly Schultz, Zanesville Times Recorder
Published 1:53 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2020 | Updated 4:08 p.m. ET Jan. 8, 2020
Former Chandlersville resident highlights local work in her gallery
ZANESVILLE – A group of Zanesville artists are being showcased this month in Columbus’ Short North district.
native Sarah Gormley has opened her High Street gallery to nine local
artists, Jane Cardi, Alan Cottrill, Nora Daniel, Paul Emory, Jana Pryor,
Linda Gall, Marti Steffy, John Taylor-Lehman and Mike Seiler. The
exhibit opened on Jan. 3, and the Zanesville artists will be at the
gallery for an artists’ reception from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.
graduating college, Gormley lived in Chicago, New York and San
Francisco before moving back to the family farm to help care for her
“I needed to take a break from
corporate marketing which has been my career to date, although I had
always dreamed about opening an art gallery since my Grandma Cameron
bought me my first piece of artwork when I graduated from undergrad in
1994,” Gormley said.
(face-to-face) bench by sculpture Alan Cottrill is on display during
the Zanesville in the Short North exhibit in Columbus. (Photo: Submitted)
lived at the family farm for a year after her mother passed away in
2018. A year ago this month, she moved to the Short North.
the owners of the apartment she rents learned that Gormley had an
interest in opening a pop up gallery, they showed her a space on North
“I opened in April of last year
knowing I had to pursue the gallery seriously,” Gormley said. “I’ve had a
wonderful experience, largely due to the gracious support and help from
people within the community, from Wood Company to the other galley
owners and the local artists, all of whom have been absolutely generous
with their time and energy.”
is on the board of the Zanesville Museum of Art and knows many of the
local artists. She wanted to find a way to showcase the talent in a
group exhibition so the exhibit, Zanesville in the Short North, was
“The show is a group of nine very different,
but wildly talented individuals from Zanesville,” Gormley said. “The
biggest challenge is that there is only so much wall space at the
gallery that I could only take nine artists, it was difficult to choose.
Nine Ball by Zanesville artist Paul Emory is on display in the Sarah Gormley Gallery in the Short North District of Columbus. (Photo: Submitted)
are so many rewarding parts of this work, and it’s hard work,” Gormley
said. “Meeting and getting to know the artists is phenomenal. There is
nothing better than seeing a client react to a piece, to connect with
the art and the story behind the piece of art, and seeing somebody
decide they want to have it. To know what it means to each artist, it’s
so powerful. And, to think about all of the joy the artwork will bring
to that person or family for years to come – that’s the best part of
owning a gallery, the human connection.”
On December 17th 2013 we lost an important building in our downtown artist district. Hope that day seemed to evaporate with the senseless and needless fire. But is hope really lost? In the last year 11 properties have changed hands on Main Street from 6th Street to 7th Street and S. 7th from Main St. to South Street are home owners. These people are artists, entrepreneurs, business men and women, thinkers, builders, doers. I see community and I see place. Work on all these properties continues. We will have our downtown back. We will see the “streets of the city restored”.
By the way, Pam’s plan for the empty lot on 6th Street is an other garden. My thanks to all of our friends and brave hearts who put their time, money, and souls into continue making the downtown our home! Thank you for the joy I feel as I take my walks around our streets.
I often hear that our works are too large for many homes. I was really impressed with the folks at Grid Furnishings in old Worthington as how they displayed our artwork with beautiful furnishings. Thanks to Tim and Jay.