Friday, March 16, 2007

Thank you...

The outpouring of support, kind words and actions have been so encouraging as we at 1708 Gallery recover from the smoke and water damage our building suffered because of the recent fire on our block.

Offers of help and support streamed in from neighbors and friends of the gallery. Here are some (and this is only a partial list!) of our angels:

Michael Jones McKean
, a professor of Sculpture at VCU, with studio one block away

Shannon O’Neil
– Arts and Cultural Funding Consortium

Randy Humphrey
– Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Jo Kennedy
Visual Arts Center

Kathy Emerson
– Quirk Gallery
Sheila Gulley Pleasants - Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Our friends at Comfort

Friends of Art, VMFA – Jenny Wortham, Carson Katie Shaw Sweeny

Heyn and Sandy Kjerulf

Leah Stoddard

We also had many generous offers of space in which to hold our Auction, and although we are in good enough shape to hold it at 1708 now, we deeply appreciate the offers of space from the following people and organizations:

Bev Jennette, Vice President of Community Development – downtown YMCA

Bob Mooney – Play

Tom Papa – Plant Zero

Don Dransfield - Dransfield Jewelers

Offers of help and support also came from Aimee Koch's classmates at VCU:

Rebekah A Holbrook, Virginia Mentoring Partnership
Joanie Bach, Read Aloud Virginia
Robin Clair Cummings, Medical Society of Virginia Foundation
Rusty Davis, Petersburg Arts Center
Esther Baker, Linklog

Katrina, Planned Parenthood

And, of course, huge thanks to the Richmond Fire Department and the brave, helpful firemen who did so much to save our gallery and our block.

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