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Mathews Art Group to close its gallery

After much deliberation the board of the Mathews Art Group (MAG) has made the difficult decision to close its retail operation, The Gallery, located on Main Street in downtown Mathews since 1991.  MAG president Linda Walker said,  “The soft economy, a decrease in discretionary spending, and increased operating costs are factors in this decision.”

Walker stated that The Gallery will officially close for regular business on April 30; however, it will be open May 1 through May 4, for artists to pick up their work and for last minute sales.

MAG activities during the upcoming months include promotion artists who will have open studios and displays during the Tour-de-Chesapeake bike weekend, sponsorship of its annual Market Days Art Show and partnership with The Bay School Community Arts Center in sponsoring a fall 2013 juried show.  Publication of the monthly MAG newsletter “Palette Talk” will continue.

“The Mathews Art Group would like to thank all who have been a part of The Gallery over the years, artists, volunteers, customers, friends and our membership,” said the spokesperson.  

Watch for updates on MAG news and activities at http://www.mathewsartgroup.com.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 04.24.2013

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