The Ebb Tide Art Gallery will celebrate its 30-year anniversary with an open house from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Dori Wheeler, who has been a member for 28 years, recalled how the gallery began.
“Several of the artists that got together were turned down for the TideFest celebration at Gig Harbor High School,” Wheeler said. “They said, ‘Hey, we’re good enough. We should be able to sell our stuff.’ So they started Ebb Tide.”
Among those who were part of the gallery from its inception are Mary Bessette, Marian Fina, Pauline Winchell and Clarice Falconer. Winchell and Bessette recently died.
Wheeler, who does decorative painting and tole painting, said the gallery has given her a chance to put her work out there for the public.
“I just enjoy it,” Wheeler said. “I get a chance to put my stuff out there where people can see it. Normally, the only people who see it are my family and a few people I still do classes with.”
Wheeler said she wasn’t sure if the gallery would survive this long, but she’s happy it has.
“Who knew?” she said. “We’ve hung on through thick and thin. We’ve been as low as 12 artists and as high as 18. It’s a fluctuating thing. We’ve got a good core group who are very loyal to the gallery. Everything is voluntary.”
The gallery, located at 7809 Pioneer Way in downtown Gig Harbor, has worked with a variety of artists to create art in many different mediums. It currently has have a number of traditional water color, oil or acrylic 2D artists as members, all of whom have different styles and techniques. Photographic prints by several photographers are available.
The gallery also has pottery, fused glass and handmade jewelry by local artists. It’s known for its large selection of greeting cards that members have created.
Throughout the years, Wheeler said she’s most grateful for the relationships and bonds she’s forged.
“The biggest thing I enjoy is the artists,” Wheeler said. “I enjoy being there with them. They’re good company, and there’s good friendships. I enjoy the feel of the art gallery. We really enjoy the open houses, meet and greet the public.”
Treats and refreshments will be available during the gallery’s open house.Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 jon.manley @gateline.com Twitter: @gateway_jon