A note from the curator

April full moon over the gallery.

It is with a bit of sadness that I announce today that the Preslar Gallery will be suspending its operations at the end of June 2019. For the last couple of months, I have been considering whether to discontinue the gallery due to less-than-desirable level of traffic and low sales figures. This season, two shows had to be also cancelled. While the gallery was able to operate at cost thanks to administrative fees assessed on the artists, this situation has become indefensible, and it has not been entirely fair to the artists, either.

It has also come to my attention recently that Estancia Serenova Retreat Center, Inc., which currently hosts the gallery in one of its buildings, is now seeking a new location that is more manageable and closer to Portland. This also means it is likely that the retreat center will go on a hiatus for a period of time, thus I cannot guarantee anything past the end of June.

For these two reasons, I have determined to suspend the gallery programs until further notice, upon the conclusion of the June 2019 exhibit and programming. While it is part of my plan to reopen the gallery at Estancia Serenova’s new location, I am also exploring other opportunities for curation and bringing artists together, maybe in partnership with coffee houses or bookstores.

On a different note, during the past one and a half years of running the gallery, the work of curating the gallery really took me away from creating my own art. Unfortunately, as much as I loved putting together the exhibits and hosting events, art became something I dread, just another “work” to make a little bit of money to get by, repositioning my artistic career as if that’s just part of my other business endeavors. It has not been healthy for me, and it has not been fair for me, either.

If you are one of the artists scheduled to exhibit later this year, I will be contacting you in the next week or so when I have more details. The call for artists for the June exhibit remains open as scheduled (deadline is May 22), and the second annual Queer Art Party will be held as scheduled (June 14–16).

Thank you all for your support so far, it has been a pleasure for me to bring such a diverse and talented pool of emerging artists from as far out as Edmonds, Washington to this humble place. I’ve enjoyed meeting each and all of them.

Best regards,

Willow