Many of you know by now that Riverbank Arts (www.riverbankarts.com) will be closing its doors at the end of the year, that is, the end of THIS COMING WEEK. The gallery was poignantly “eulogized” in the Bucks Country Herald (Nov. 17, 2011 issue) by local artist Alex Cohen. But somehow, despite that official au revoir, it remains very difficult to imagine Stockton, NJ, without this wonderful place.
Photo coutesy of www.riverbankarts.com
Since it opened in 1994, Riverbank Arts has been at the center of the area’s visual arts community, providing a supportive showcase to a wealth of local painters, printmakers, sculptors and others, some established, others up and coming. Meanwhile, co-owner Susan Roseman has continually demonstrated her generous community spirit through the lively Art Swaps at the Stockton Firehouse, support for the Stockton School’s annual Spaghetti and Art fundraiser, Arts at the Manor and loads of local networking for artists and art appreciators.
You’ve no doubt finished your holiday shopping (or you’re in big trouble, since it’s Christmas Eve as this blog post takes form). But there’s still time, just a few more days, to make one more purchase for someone special (maybe you). Perhaps there’s a painting or print at the gallery that you’ve long admired, or a lovely vase or even some cards and earrings. This is your last chance…at least for a while… to show your support for a business that truly embodies the idea of “love your local.”
Visit the gallery at 19 Bridge Street in Stockton, NJ through the end of 2011. And stay tuned at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverbank-Arts/114602168599322 and www.artienews.com.