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Midtown Legacy 2010 by KC Moore

June 10, 2010

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Some of the best things in life come and go quietly.  Midtown Gallery is one, it will have its final opening night on June 12th.  The frame shop that has been a host to some of Sacramento’s finest artists is moving, to 1005 22nd Street, sans gallery.  It has lived simply and elegantly next to Art Ellis at 2504 J Street in the Midtown Grid of Sacramento.

It is no secret that Second Saturday has gone viral, it is a much anticipated, much attended event spanning decades.  Midtown Framing & Gallery has been a quiet participant of it from the beginning.  While it has almost a dozen well-known local artists, it has also been the start for many.  The Featured and Guest Artist Program was initiated when I ran the gallery years ago.  Almost every month since, one of our artists is featured and invites another to show in a spot held for them.

Midtown Gallery will be on the resumes of hundreds of artists….including young ones.    We just hosted the 5th Annual Youth Invitational in January.  This is a program where I’ve invited artists, art teachers and gallery owners to nominate ‘children of the arts’ to showcase their work.  The youngest was 3 ½ years old, the granddaughter of Lauren Barton, owner of Barton Gallery.  Howard Stover’s grandchildren also participated.  One had already won a ribbon at the State Fair.  We’ve attracted two corporate sponsors and a groundswell of support.  We have especially enjoyed this function because of the energy the young artists brought to our matured artists gallery.

Our current stable of artists include Thien Dao who coordinates the shows, Brenda Boles, Dory Nicolas, Gary Hart, Gretchen Ryan, Harrie Alley, Larry Carnes, Lund C. Tim, Reif Erickson, Tom Moinet, and myself.  We have enjoyed our quiet opening nights with Cary Farley and Richard Andaya providing elegant backdrop music at times.

Midtown artists have supported the KVIE Art Auction nearly every year raising thousands of dollars.  Yes, though Midtown Framing & Gallery is evolving to a new venue, Gary says “it’s not an end” for he is considering options.   After a long time support of the Sacramento Art Scene, the operations may change, but its legacy will continue.

Nostalgia will hang heavy on all of us who have participated, been helped or simply enjoyed the experience.  On behalf of the hundreds of artists and art patrons of Midtown Framing & Gallery, thank you Gary and Kevin McCann.


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