A group of artists hopes to impart energy to Main Street, while gaining exposure for their own artwork, by opening a cooperative venture known as Confluence Gallery.
The gallery, located at 4th & Main Exchange, showcases the creativity of artists from Delta and surrounding areas.
Victoria Sterkel is relatively new to Delta, but she has taken on the role of public relations for the artists' cooperative. The organizing committee is also comprised of Jessica Good (chair), Jeanne Stortz, Judy Davies, Mary Key, Gayla Michaud and Toni Percival.
Sterkel says when these energetic women get together, the ideas start to fly. Kids' activities, weekly events, music and more have been proposed once the gallery is up and running. At the gallery's June 6 grand opening, a silent auction was held to raise funds for the Abraham Connection's building fund.
Sterkel said organizers are enthusiastic about getting people out and about in downtown Delta.
"Our vision is to be a fun and interactive destination in Delta for art enthusiasts, to promote fine arts and crafts uniquely created by local artists through visual displays and demonstrations, to connect the community with the handcrafted cultural movement, and to give the community and its visitors a hub for art commerce."
In other words, Sterkel said, you'll never find merchandise labeled "Made in China."
Confluence Gallery will also be displaying photography, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, crafts, greeting cards and more at the First Saturday Street Fairs, Deltarado Days, AppleFest and other events.
Sterkel said they're also looking at the possibility of "pop-up galleries," a hot trend in the art world. With this concept, art is hung temporarily in an empty storefront or vacant lot to create a flow of energy into unused and overlooked space.
Look for Confluence Gallery: An Artists' Cooperative on Facebook or email confluencegallery