Is this the end for Enos­burg’s beloved AIR Co­op­er­a­tive Gallery?

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Enos­burg, VT

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.

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