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 Williams Gallery West Press Release - November 2004

  Artspace Group Exhibition

December 1st through 31st, 2004


Artist Presentations and Holiday Open House

on Saturday and Sunday Dec 11th and 12th


We are thrilled to announce a group exhibition featuring current work by the artists of “Artspace Gallery”, Williams Gallery West’s collaborative showroom. 


The exhibit will feature the work of nine artists including photography by Heidi Vetter, Kerby Smith, John Rogers, David Hurst, and Keith Sauer, digital prints by Jonathan Bock, ceramics by Tiwi Wood and Adrian John Castelo, and sculpture by Norma Rogers.  


The show will include two days of special presentations by the artists, a silent art auction benefiting the Golden Chain Theatre’s “Raise the Roof” fund, and a Christmas Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots.


The exhibit will open to the public on Wednesday, December 1st.  Artists will demonstrate and speak about their work in a series of special presentations on Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th, during a two-day holiday open house at the gallery.   



Seating for artist presentations is limited.  

If you are interested in attending, please contact the gallery by phone or email to reserve seating.

Visitors with reservations will be seated first.


Saturday, December 11th

2:00 PM to 6 PM – A. J. Castelo – Raku Ceramic Firing Demonstration and Sale

3:00 PM - Norma Rogers – Sculpture techniques, Bronze Casting and Slump Glass

5:00 PM – Tiwi Wood - Ceramic Styles and Techniques 

7:00 PM - Keith Sauer – “North Slope to North Fork” A Photographic Journey


Sunday, December 12th

3:00 PM – Jonathan Bock – Traditional meets Digital Printmaking

4:00 PM – Kerby Smith – Documentary vs. Fine Art Photography

5:00 PM – Heidi Vetter – Large Format Photography in the High Sierras

The Open House weekend will also feature a pot-luck buffet, silent auction, and live musical interludes.  Many of the artists will be offering special holiday discounts on their work during the event.  A raffle will be held for a Christmas “Art Gift Basket” with a total value over 200.00!


Charity Information



Golden Chain Theatre is a non-profit community theatre located in Oakhurst.  Since 1972 Golden Chain has been dedicated to providing 19th century historic and melodramatic presentations, special dramatic performances, and instruction in theatre arts.  The theatre is in need of a new roof with a cost of over $30,000 for the repairs.  Artspace artists have all donated works that will be entered in the gallery’s silent auction.  Fifty percent of proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the theatre for their “Raise the Roof” fund.  Bidding will commence on November 15th, and will close at 5 PM on Sunday, December 12th.  Bidders need not be present to win.



Toys for Tots is a Marine Corps sponsored program in which toys are collected and distributed to local organizations and individual families with  children in need.  Visitors to the gallery who donate any new, unused toy with a value of 5.00 or more will receive a ticket for the “Art Gift Basket” raffle with a total value over two hundred dollars.

About Artspace Gallery


Artspace offers an impressive selection of photography, prints, ceramics, and sculpture by nine local artists.  Artspace members include photographers Kerby Smith, John Rogers, Keith Sauer, David Hurst, and Heidi Vetter, printmaker Jonathan Bock, ceramic artists Adrian John Castelo and Tiwi Wood, and sculptor Norma Rogers.   

Unlike a traditional gallery that consigns an artist’s work and takes a large commission on sales, Artspace members have a vested interest in the gallery, contributing to gallery expenses in exchange for the regular display of their work.  The goal of the Artspace showroom is to create an environment where artists work together, inspire and support each other, and have the opportunity to collaborate on joint projects and exhibitions.


About The Artists

Kerby Smith

Adrian Castelo

Keith Sauer

Norma Rogers

John Rogers

Tiwi Wood

David Hurst

Jonathan Bock

Heidi Vetter

The Buildout

Follow this link for a behind the scenes look at the gallery's beginnings

The Grand Opening

follow this link to the Artspace Grand Opening

Press Release

Gallery Info

Williams Gallery West opened its first showroom in Oakhurst, California in 1998. The gallery maintains a permanent inventory of American and International fine art and folk art, vintage prints, photography, jewelry, ceramics, and art glass, and features a number of special exhibitions each year.  The gallery is located at 40680 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, next door to Days Inn, and across the street from Adriannes.

Williams Gallery West 

40680 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644

phone (559) 683-5551

e-mail:info@galwest.com           web-site: www.galwest.com 

 Gallery hours are Tuesday to Sunday, Noon to 6 PM, and by appointment.  

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