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Barstow Mall set for art gallery
BARSTOW • After 30 years of friendship, Karen White and Sandra Halsey recently found out they have something in common.
They are both artists.
Halsey said she has always wanted to have her own art gallery, and she recently found that White also has dreamed about having a gallery.
After the friends shared their interests in opening an art gallery, the dream started to become a reality for White and Halsey.
“It’s not normal for people of our age to be opening a gallery,” Halsey, 60, said. “We’re not doing the typical retirement thing, but we’re having a blast getting everything done. We’re finally doing what we have always wanted to do. We have both always wanted a studio and this all evolved out of a coincidental conversation.”
Painter’s Palette will not be just an ordinary gallery, according to Halsey, there are plans to utilize the 1,200 square foot space in the Barstow Mall as a party site also. A paints and crafts party.
Halsey said the gallery will offer birthday party packages, where children and adults can have parties while painting pictures before cutting a cake. Halsey said she has worked on four different paintings that can be completed in about an hour.
But Halsey’s primary focus of opening up the gallery is to showcase local talent.
“All of the work in the gallery is from local artists, we’re only promoting local talent,” Halsey said. “We feel our community needs this because there is a lot of talent but there is not any placed for them to display their work. We’re pretty jazzed about our opening because this there is not an artistic avenue up here.”
Halsey said anyone is encouraged to submit art to the gallery, but art will be displayed if it meets Halsey’s and White’s requirements. Halsey said there is not a hanging fee, only a 30 percent commission fee if art is sold. The gallery will also offer painting and crafting lessons.
The Barstow Mall is at 1878 East Main Street.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.