Welcome to Gallery 2 Art & Heritage Centre
We are a non-profit organization and, as of November 2008, are now located in the former Grand Forks Courthouse.
The Grand Forks Courthouse was built in 1911 and features breath-taking wood work and stained glass windows. The Grand Forks Art Gallery occupies the upper floor of "The Old Courhouse" and includes three gallery spaces and an art rental section. The main gallery was the courtroom,but the judge's desk and floor seating have been removed. However,the 8 original stained glass windows still remain!
These galleries host several exhibitions per year, so come back often to see the amazing work of Canadian and International artists.
When you visit us, make sure you check out our gift shop featuring items that range from jewellery to pottery. Most items we sell have been crafted by local artisans from the Kootenay-Boundary region. Also be sure to visit the Grand Forks Heritage Gallery and Grand Forks Visitor's Center located on the main floor.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery has a long, prosperous history that dates back more than 25 years.
In 1971, Richard and Beverly Reid visited Christina Lake in search of a summer home. Little did they know that the lake would become more of a permanent home. After living for several months in the Chritina Lake area, they met several people who were also interested in the arts. Consequently, they were invited to the meetings of the Grand Forks Cultural Society, whose goal was to establish an Art Centre in Grand Forks. At first, it was thought that the old post office building was to be the new home of the Grand Forks Art Gallery. However, there were already plans in the works to make it into Grand Forks City Hall. The next opportunity arose when the Grand Forks Public Library was built. Many people knew that, for little cost, a basement could be added to this building. At the time, there was no projected use for a basement, however, it made good sense to build one. Someone suggested to Richard that the empty space below the library could be used to host his wife's (Beverly) travelling exhibition as well as the 1982 Kootenay/Boundary Regional Juried Art Exhibition. Following the success of the first exhibition in the library basement, members of the Arts council approached the City of Grand Forks with a plan to convert the bare, unfinished basement into an art centre. After considerable lobbying, City Council agreed. The money left over from the construction of the Grand Forks Public Library was used to construct a permanent gallery space.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery opened in June of 1984 in the basement of the Grand Forks Public Library with the support of Grand Forks City Council and the local Arts Council. Beverly Reid became the first curator and Richard became the Art Gallery's first director.
To ease administration, the gallery formed a separate Society in 1990.
In November of 2008, after extensive renovations of the old Grand Forks Provincial Courthouse generously funded by City Council, the Grand Forks Art Gallery relocated to its present location. In June of 2009, the Grand Forks Art Gallery hosted its 25th anniversary, which also marked the opening of 2 new exhibitions one by sculptural artist Lou Lynn and one by painter Pat Service.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery now called Gallery 2 Art & Heritage Centre was renamed to include the heritage gallery.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery Society's mandate stipulates two broad objectives:
1. A commitment to providing public access to the visual arts and a responsibility to foster understanding, interest and enjoyment of art throughout the community and region.
2. Building on these objectives, the Grand Forks Art Gallery Society exhibits, collects, documents, preserves, interprets and promotes art in all media.
The mandate indicates a commitment to the idea that the visual arts play a fundamental role in forming and fostering the regional and national cultural heritage. To do so, the gallery presents a balanced exhibition and educational program representing historical and contemporary works by established and emerging regional, national and international artists.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery offers continuous exhibitions in its three gallery spaces (see gallery plan) throughout the year, with works including traditional and contemporary art forms. The time allotment for exhibitions is four to six weeks.
In addition, the gallery also operates an Art Rental Program with works of art available for rent to members. The gallery invites submissions to this program. For further information, please write to: The Art Rental Co-ordinator.
Artists working in any medium are welcome to submit exhibition proposals. Submissions may be made at any time. Exhibitions are normally scheduled from 12 to 24 months in advance.
In addition to the regular exhibition schedule, a series of exhibitions called Studio Watch is intended to expose the emerging artist, or for example, very current work of the established artist, or experimental work that may not otherwise be seen. One advantage of the program is its flexibility. These are occasional small exhibits of one to a dozen or so works that may be shown at very short notice without advance scheduling.
Include with a brief written proposal:
• curriculum vitae - biographical information
• a list of previous exhibitions
• 8 to 20 slides of your work labelled with artist's name, title, media, dimensions, value (for insurance purposes, fair market value must be proveable). Print photographs may be acceptable if image and colour rendition are appropriate and reasonably accurate; you may also e-mail us a .jpg image - maximum 700 pixels long or high, 72 dpi resolution. A CD or DVD may also be sent. In addition to the image files, a text file (.rtf or .doc) must indicate titles, sizes etc as above.
• a stamped self-addressed envelope if you wish material to be returned (see * below)
• an artist's statement and any other information relevant to the proposal
If the above request for information is not applicable in your case, (as in the case of an emerging artist), please contact the Director or Curator for procedure.
* The gallery is building an image database of work by Canadian artists. You may wish to provide slides, photographs or digital images for this image bank. If so, please indicate.
Art Rental and Sales Program
The Art Rental and Sales Program is a service offered to all members of the Grand Forks Art Gallery. It provides an opportunity to enjoy contemporary works of art in the home or office, and allows you to experiment with different types of work, and a variety of artists without committing to a purchase. Every painting featured in the 2009 Art Rental Calendar (available in the Gift Shop) is available to rent or own, and the proceeds of this calendar will go towards supporting the Gallery.
Under the stained glass glow of sunlight,
in the upstairs foyer of the Court House, a stalwart tree,
tall, regal, embracing…
The Grand Forks Art Gallery,
in anticipation of the move into the Old Court House
has commissioned the sculpture of a steel tree,
to express gratitude for the generous donations
our patrons have bequeathed the Gallery.
Donors will be honoured with colourful ceramic leaves
which will flutter from its branches
By contributing to the Art Gallery,
supporting our vision and commitment to the promotion
of creativity and artistic expression in our community,
you, too, could secure a leaf on the Gallery Tree.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery is working to ensure the future viability, growth and importance of this institution in our community and beyond. To this end, the gallery continues to work towards becoming increasingly self sufficient, and asks that you consider one of the following ways to ensure the continued growth and importance of your gallery. If you wish, you may indicate the specific project to which your donation should be directed.
The Grand Forks Art Gallery continues the development of its Endowment Fund with the intent of securing a perpetual source of funding. The capital in this fund remains permanently secure with only the proceeds available for exhibition and educational programming. At present, the Gallery and the Phoenix Foundation each administer one-half of the fund. The present value (July 2004) of the fund is now over $26,000 and our goal this year is to reach $30,000. Donations to the Endowment Fund will receive a charitable organization tax receipt and your contribution noted on the donors plaque.
Permanent Collection Acquisitions Fund
The Grand Forks Art Gallery is looking to create an even greater legacy through the acquisition of works of art which reflect the art history of our region. Donations can be made either as works of art or cash donations. Donations over $10 are eligible for a tax receipt and your name or that of someone you wish to honour will forever be attached to the painting and recognized each time the painting is exhibited.
Donations of Artworks to the Permanent Collection
The Grand Forks Art Gallery is actively building its collection of artworks and archival material relating to the art and art history of British Columbia, Western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and their related influences. The gallery is currently in the process of applying for Canadian Cultural Properties Certification which will provide donors increased tax benefits. Donors will also be recognized each time the works are exhibited. For more information on the gallery and our collection, please contact Ted Fogg at (250) 442-2211 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations of Books for the Art Library
The Grand Forks Art Gallery is actively looking to build its collection of reference material and books in the gallery library relating to art and art history. Donors will be recognized with a label in each book or, in cases where a whole library is donated, with a plaque in the library.
Donations to the Permanent Collection storage project
With the continuing growth of the gallery's permanent collection and the move to its new location, the Grand Forks Art Gallery seeks donations for the appropriate storage racks to meet Museum standards.
Donors will be recognized in various forms in the new facility.
Richard and Beverley Reid Scholarship For Young Artists
Donations to this fund will provide an annual scholarship to a gradating high school student who is pursuing an arts education at a post-secondary institution. As time goes on it is hoped that this award will continue to grow and continue to provide encouragement and much needed funds to enable students to further their studies in the arts. The 2004 recipient is Tyler Bidnyk who will be attending the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops next year studying Digital art and Design. Richard Reid was the founder of the gallery and Director from 1983-2003. Beverley Reid was Curator from 1983-1990.