Founded in 2013, the Galleria and gift shop has been a space for artists to share their work, hone their business, and inform the public about the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Galleria has been one component of building the center on Bonita as a community center. Along with Corazon Cafe, it has made a creative and vibrant space for members to gather and build relationships. It’s giving us something to talk about, making us wonder, sometimes making us angry and sometimes making us laugh, but always giving us hope. These artists are mostly women, but not always. The shop also assists these working artists to make a living, host an artist reception to meet with potential collectors and an opportunity to grow their audience.
Since 2013, we have hosted 16 exhibition receptions for artists and supporters. Ranging from solo shows to two person and group exhibitions, the Galleria is working to honor the works of established artists as well as make space for up and coming artists to build audiences. We hope you will join us at upcoming celebrations of the artist production from local artists.