For over 20 years Out of the Blue has been a space for local artists, musicians, poets and performers who represent diverse backgrounds and abilities. The Gallery evolved into a place for creative expression, from those performing or showing art for the first time to seasoned professionals, to express their hearts and souls, learn, teach and for the community at large to gather and enjoy their efforts.
Two years ago we had to move from 500sq. feet and landed into nearly 6,000, at the proverbial location location location. The Gallery expanded quickly from a tiny room, barely able to contain itself, to a massive space that not only includes a wider variety of performance but also acts as a home for a number of micro businesses, artist spaces and vendors. Handmade African clothing and gifts, vintage records, vintage clothing and junktiques, Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, Solstice ceremonies, workshops..and more.
The Gallery is an eclectic space that has been built on the experiences of the artists who work here and the people who support them. In the face of various challenges, both negative and positive, it continues to learn, grow and adapt to become a safer and even more inclusive space for all.
Along with the much larger space came much larger bills and rent. Because the Gallery has generally operated in a way that favors creative expression more than business, it is not always on top of the basic expenses it takes to exist. We're learning but it is never easy at best.
We're pulling together a pretty last minute fundraiser..one we didn't know about until 4/5 days ago. With a little bit of help from you..a lot of faith from us..and effort..we will keep moving forward.
The Gallery exists for everyone's creative expression and enjoyment and with a little help will continue to do so.
Thank You. Tom Tipton, and all of us here at the Gallery