Is this the end for Enosburg’s beloved AIR Cooperative Gallery?
Itis with great sadness and heavy hearts that the members of the Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery announce that the gallery may close just shy of our tenth anniversary. AIR will remain open for the holiday season; the last day of business may be Sunday, December 27th.
AIR literally rose from the ashes after a 13-alarm fire destroyed a large portion of Enosburg Falls’ downtown in on February 2, 2005. Nancy Patch, a lifelong resident, Vermont’s first female DFPR county forester, and a lover of art and community, was instrumental in creating the beloved gallery. Working with others, she gathered a group of over 40 artists who formed a cooperative, painted walls, hung gallery fixtures and opened for business on May 2, 2007. Paul Costello, executive director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development, praised the new co-op for revitalizing Enosburg.
Since then, the gallery has visitors from 14 countries and 41 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. More than 60 artist members have grown through this creative connection and have shared their work, skills and experiences at monthly receptions for the public (114 so far) over the last 9 1/2 years, providing stimulating monthly gatherings. Art teachers from local schools have displayed student work annually. Work study students from Johnson College have learned and grown through internships. Complementing other small businesses, AIR has enriched the effort to attract visitors
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The AIR Cooperative Gallery was completely destroyed by the fire.
A 13-alarm fire destroyed a large portion of Enosburg Falls’ downtown on February 2, 2005.