I’ve just started my third month as Gallery Director at Windham Fine Arts, Gallery On Main! So much going on, it’s hard to know where to begin…

Let me start by saying how thrilled I am to be part of the art community in Windham. It has been wonderful to meet so many of my fellow merchants and community leaders, as well as all the locals and visitors to the gallery from afar. Each day has been a new adventure.

People have been asking me about the name of the gallery. Yes, it may seem confusing! We’re happy to be able to use “Windham Fine Arts” again as our over-arching gallery branding. It’s a name that tells people who and where we are as we develop a broader digital platform and the ability to present our artists to a larger region. The well known ‘Gallery On Main’ is our physical space, the brick-and-mortar building that has been here on Main Street as a gallery since 2001. So you can visit the Gallery On Main, and know the artists of Windham Fine Arts.

We’ve started something called an ‘Art Feature’ that reflects seasonal cultural events, local happenings and traditions. It is a small, 3 week showing that will run in tandem to the full term exhibits. The first, called “Legends of Creative Hallows” was a mini-exhibit we featured during the Halloween season. Look for more of these as we approach different holidays and community traditions.

Another new event is the COLLECTOR’S FORUM. If you’re an art collector, or want-to-be investor, it’s something not to be missed. We’ll be hosting these at the mid-term of each long term exhibit. An opportunity to find out more about the featured art, artists, and why and how to make art an integrated part of your investment portfolio. These are invitation-only events with opportunity to sample fine beverages and light culinary fare , so be sure you are on our mail list (email or snail mail or both!) to receive an invitation. Send me your info through our CONTACT page, and I’ll be sure you’re on the list!

Over the course of the winter season we’ll also be hosting art talks, art dinners and demos at the gallery. As I pull together our website and social media (please be patient!) there will be more ways to track our schedule. We look forward to long dark winter hours well spent learning and being inspired through art, cuisine, culture and music. With any luck, by the time ‘mud-season’ kicks in, we’ll be too busy on the art scene to even notice, and make the leap right back into our Spring green palette before we know it.

Next up, the Opening of “Warm Woods, Crisp Reflections” on November 19th, 5:00-7:30pm. Hope to see you!

Artfully yours,

Karen LaMonica