Gallery Aglow - November 8 to December 31
As December draws closer, Christmas cheer is spreading and affecting people everywhere, causing them to want to set up Christmas trees, hang stockings, decorate their houses and buy gifts for all their loved ones. Luckily, in a tradition going back 30 years, the volunteers of Allied Arts Association turn the Gallery at the Park into a one-stop shop for all things Christmas—just in time for the holiday season!
Do you want to give your friends and family presents as unique and wonderful as they are? Do you want beautiful, handmade wreaths and trees to decorate your house? Stop by the Gallery, located on Lee Boulevard near the entrance of Howard Amon Park, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of their special Gallery Aglow show.
Local artists contribute their incredible talents to the show, submitting items both beautiful and useful, such as ceramics, glassware, jewelry, fiber art and metal work. Unlike presents that can be found at a chain store, these items have been handcrafted with love and care, and each one is a unique piece by a talented artist.
The Gallery at the Park maintains one of the largest retail art collections in the entire Tri-Cities area. Allied Arts Association, which operates the Gallery, has served the community since 1948, providing Tri-Cities residents with a source of art and handicrafts. Every year through November and December, the Gallery at the Park hosts the Gallery Aglow show, featuring hundreds of works created by local and regional artists.
Not only that, but during this event, the Gallery also sells unique wreaths, trees and holiday decorations—all handmade by volunteers at the Gallery. All proceeds on these items go towards Allied Arts Association, which gives back to the community by providing scholarships and by setting up programs like Beads Behind Bars and Art Connection.
The purpose of these programs is make art education opportunities available to everyone in the community, no matter who they are. Beads Behind Bars allows eligible youth at the Benton Franklin Juvenile Detention Center to take beading classes and explore their creativity, giving them a greater sense of their own value, which will hopefully lead them to make better choices in the future. Allied Arts Association is only able to expand and continue these programs due to fundraisers and the generous support of the local art community.
Gallery Aglow will run until the end of December. The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
If you want to support a local business, help the community and get your Christmas shopping done all in one trip, just make your way over to the Gallery at the Park, located at 89 Lee Boulevard in Richland.