HOW TO JOIN

Our gallery is owned and oper­ated by the artists listed on ARTISTS page. Oppor­tu­ni­ties arise for new mem­bers when a cur­rent mem­ber departs the gallery. Check out the Ben­e­fits and Respon­si­bil­i­ties of being a part of Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts. Down­load the fol­low­ing forms. If you would like to be noti­fied when vacan­cies occur, com­plete the Wait­ing List Con­tact Form.

 

HISTORY In July 2006, sev­eral artists in Hills­bor­ough con­vened in a space with­out air con­di­tion­ing to dis­cuss the pos­si­bil­ity of a coop­er­a­tive gallery. The space would be the begin­ning ground for the Hills­bor­ough Gallery of Arts. Most of the peo­ple in that first meet­ing stayed with the project through the early con­ver­sa­tions and became found­ing mem­bers. Over sev­eral weeks research was done on by-laws and struc­tures of co-ops oper­at­ing in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try, and a draft was cre­ated. The idea was that the artists would pitch in for expenses, run the gallery with the retail help of the book­store that would sub­let the space, and all mem­bers would help with hang­ing, clean­ing, and being in the gallery dur­ing peak times so artists would be on hand to dis­cuss the work with cus­tomers. The empha­sis was on coop­er­a­tion, mutual encour­age­ment, and putting the arts more vis­i­bly on the map in Hillsborough.

Through the first year the gallery took much of the form it has today, with monthly shows con­cen­trat­ing on pairs or trios of mem­bers, and launched dur­ing Hillsborough’s Last Fri­days events. The group decided from the start to show all the works blended together, rather than sep­a­rat­ing the space by artist. The offi­cers changed, some artists left after the first year and oth­ers joined. The gallery has grown to absorb the space pre­vi­ously occu­pied by the book store, gain­ing a large win­dow and more light, but the spirit of the place remains the same. It’s a joy­ful space, cre­ated and run by artists, and filled with the works of their hands, minds and hearts, tak­ing vis­i­ble form for view­ers and cus­tomers.
~ Steve Emery, Found­ing president