WAKEFIELD - The Hera Art Galleryâ€™s new display spaceâ€“ just blocks from its former location on Main Streetâ€“ held a grand opening on the evening of Saturday, July 7. Located at 10 High Street, the new showroom housed New Ground, the aptly entitled visual art exhibition featuring works by Heraâ€™s veteran members as well as the art of newcomer Paul Forte and the galleryâ€™s first student member, Emily Humphrey.
â€śItâ€™s such an exciting experience for all of us to be in such a beautiful new space,â€ť said Alexandra Broches, the President of Heraâ€™s Board of Directors. â€śThe decision [to move] was made last fall and we moved out at the end of February.â€ť Regarding future plans for Hera and the new exhibition hall, Broches added that the gallery will continue its traditions of hosting a yearly curated multimedia show and a national juried exhibition. Though the New Ground exhibition is composed strictly of member-produced visual art, Broches stated the gallery will soon host events such as poetry readings and â€śdo some art exchanges with other galleries.â€ť Before assuming her role as President, Alexandra Broches contributed artistically to the Hera Gallery as both a painter and landscape photographer.
Equally excited about the future of Hera is its newly appointed director Dora Szekely. Eager to expand Heraâ€™s roster of artists with the galleryâ€™s recently instituted student membership program, Szekely said there are many new opportunities for kids and schools like URI and RISD.
â€śNow that we have a student membership [Hera] will offer younger artists a chance to be exhibited in a real art gallery, which is a huge advantage,â€ť said Szekely, who will replace former gallery director Islay Taylor who is stepping down this year.
Heraâ€™s New Ground exhibit will continue until July 21st at their new location at 10 High Street in Wakefield. For more information visit www.heragallery.blogspot.com or read The History of Hera: A Womenâ€™s Art Cooperative, 1974-1989 by Valerie Yow, available free of charge at the gallery.