Alliance returns with Gallery 360

Nonprofit group’s Sixth Street Gallery closed in September

By Mary Ann Albright, Columbian Staff Reporter




Previously: Co-op members at Sixth Street Gallery in downtown Vancouver announced in July they needed to raise $5,000 by Aug. 8 to keep the gallery afloat. They succeeded in raising about $4,100, but it wasn’t enough to stay at 105 W. Sixth St. Members signed a two-year lease on a less expensive space at 111 W. Ninth St. in September, and changed the gallery’s name to Gallery 360.

What’s new: Major renovations on the new space have been completed, and Gallery 360 opened its doors on Jan. 7. Mosaic Arts Alliance, the gallery’s nonprofit parent organization, has a new president, Jamie Lutz Carroll.

What’s next: Members are working on completing the classroom space at Gallery 360 and hope to start offering classes within the next month. The gallery will have an opening reception for its February “‘Lo-fi’ography” show from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4.

After being absent on the downtown Vancouver arts scene for several months, Mosaic Arts Alliance is back with a new space, Gallery 360.

Mosaic is the nonprofit parent organization of the former Sixth Street Gallery, which closed in September after members could no longer afford rent at the space they’d called home for the past five years.

Now they have a new hub called Gallery 360, just a few blocks north at 111 W. Ninth St. The Gallery 360 space is approximately 2,000 square feet — about the same size as Sixth Street Gallery was — but the rent is about one-third less.

The space required some work, so co-op members and even some nonmembers pitched in over the past few months with painting, cleaning, putting in a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and other upgrades. They’re finishing the classroom space and hope to start offering classes within the next month.

With the major renovations complete, the gallery opened for the Jan. 7 First Friday Art Walk.

“It feels really good,” said Jamie Lutz Carroll, Mosaic’s new president. “There were some kinks along the road, and we just took everything as it came and moved forward.”

The gallery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Currently, work by various Mosaic members is on display.

Members didn’t know until the last minute whether Gallery 360 would be ready for the January Art Walk, but they’ve had more time to plan for February’s event. The gallery will host a reception on Feb. 4 from 5 to 9 p.m. celebrating the opening of “‘Lo-fi’ography,” a juried exhibition of analog and alternative photography on display from Feb. 2 through 27.