The Little Art Gallery undergoing some changes

The Little Art Gallery is located in Thatcher. - Gila Valley Central Photo

THATCHER – “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

A local art gallery is wanting to give everyone this chance.

The Little Art Gallery in Thatcher is becoming more available to the local community. On Friday, the gallery had its first free date night gallery walk through. Edith Austin, President of the Art Guild of Eastern Arizona, called the date night a success. She said roughly 12 individuals had simply wandered into the gallery from the street.

“We’re wanting to get more people involved,” Austin said. “Our main purpose is to make this a family-oriented gallery in which anybody can come with their family and it would be a good thing for them to participate in.”

Austin stressed the affordability of the artwork. She also said that the gallery is always free to the public, as in the gallery does not charge admittance.

“We have prices from $15 (and) up,” Austin said. “It can be affordable for everyone.”

Austin later went on to tell Gila Valley Central that the gallery is intended to bring the visual arts to the public of the Gila Valley.

“Even though we’re nonprofit, part of our vision statement is to get the visual arts out so the people of the (Gila) Valley can enjoy them and they can see different artists that have their own different interpretations and styles,” Austin said.

The Little Art Gallery also now offers free presentations to children and adult groups as well.

“We have brought in little cub scout groups, girl scout groups, and other groups that we get a call (from) and they ask if they can bring the group through,” Austin said. “We give them a 30-minute presentation; take them through and talk to them, and they choose their favorites. They can call the gallery and make an appointment.”

The gallery has multiple events planned for the public. These events consist of a winterfest, as well as a Christmas celebration.

“Starting in November, we will be doing a winterfest,” Austin said. “We plan to do some things that have the winter or fall feel. We’re trying to challenge everybody to get together to get things painted to have this flavor.”

Brooke Curley Photo/ Gila Valley Central: Left to Right: Leon Noel and Wes Bryce viewing the gallery.

Brooke Curley Photo/Gila Valley Central: From left, Leon Noel and Wes Bryce view the gallery.