"The only thing that is constant is change."
So said the Greek philosopher, Heraclitus. It's a little gem of wisdom that has come in handy for me many times in my life and ... here we go again. Four years ago we left Toronto behind and moved to the "retreat" house in Millbrook, Ontario - ten acres bordering the Ganaraska forest on top of the Oak Ridges moraine. And an old Viceroy home that needed a lot of work. It was a big change, but to an area where we both have deep roots and deep affection.
I didn't plan to open an Inuit art gallery in Port Hope. Like so many of life's great decisions, it was pure inspiration. I love Port Hope, ever since my parents moved to Northumberland county in the mid-1970's and the old farmhouse in Campbellcroft became home base. It's changed a lot since then, of course, all for the better. One fine afternoon, sipping wine on the terrace of Trattoria Gusto while watching the Ganaraska river run, I said to my husband, Geoff: "I think I should open an Inuit art gallery here in Port Hope." And that was that. With supercharged enthusiasm I found the perfect space at 37 Walton Street and the perfect people to help and I was open for business two months later.
It's now been a little more than three years. In that time the gallery has hosted exhibition openings and private events, and showcased the very best in both traditional and contemporary Inuit art. The Inuit art story has been new to many, and many others have shared their own experience with the Canadian far north with me. There has been no shortage of conversation, learning and, of course, art. It's been wonderful to be surrounded by such fine work by so many fine artists and to share my knowledge and experience with you all.
Now my lease is up and I've decided to take the opportunity to make some changes. Running a niche gallery is a challenge at the best of times and these are not the best of times. Covid - 19 has had an impact on small businesses everywhere and, for me, it makes sense to reduce overhead costs as much as possible. So, I'm going to continue to do what I do and love best via my website. This blog will be an opportunity for me to share my stories and those of the artists I represent and carry on the conversation with you. I hope you'll continue to support Inuit art and artists and keep in touch!
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