Gallery One Visual Arts Center is dedicated to the creation, exhibition and appreciation of visual arts in Central Washington. To that end, the facilities, board of directors, and staff of Gallery One provide:
- High-quality, innovative, and diverse visual arts exhibits
- Educational programs for the appreciation and skills of the arts
- Studios for a diverse group of resident artists
- Networking opportunities with business organizations and educational institutions in support of the arts
- A meeting place to foster community cohesion and arts appreciation
In addition to rotating exhibits of contemporary art, Gallery One offers a variety of quarterly classes, an art after school program for kids, a gift store featuring regional artisans, a full ceramics studio available for classes or private rentals, inexpensive studio spaces for artists and facility rentals for the community.
Gallery One hosts many great community events including Paint Ellensburg, Art About, Jazz in the Valley wine tasting, Brewfest and more.
Gallery One is a nonprofit organization that relies on community involvement, sponsorships, memberships and donations. Memberships are an integral component that supports the Gallery and offers many benefits. Starting at just $20a year for artists or students or $45 for individuals, anyone can support the arts. As a member you receive mailings about exhibitions, special events, classes, and our quarterly newsletter in addition to an invitation to our annual membership party and one entry in our annual Members’ Exhibition. Higher membership levels offer other benefits, like discounts on merchandise, classes and gallery rentals.
In the fall of 1967, Study Club (an Ellensburg women’s group) sponsored an art exhibit as part of the year-long celebration of Ellensburg’s Centennial. From that came the idea to form an art gallery in Ellensburg. After many hours of work by community volunteers, the newly-named Ellensburg Community Art Gallery was opened on August 29, 1968, at 306 N. Pine in a space shared with architect Wayne White. In February, 1972, the Gallery moved to an upstairs location at 408 1/2 N. Pearl.
Eveleth Green was the Gallery Director for the next 30 years (with Edith Connolly as her very competent assistant). In 1994, the Gallery’s Board of Trustees changed the name to Gallery One. In 1997, the Gallery was able to purchase the Stewart building where it had occupied the second floor for twenty-five years.
In 2001, under Director Mary Frances, the building was completely renovated. After the renovation, Gallery One was able to use the entire building which includes a gift gallery, exhibition galleries on the main floor and mezzanine, as well as the top floor Eveleth Green Gallery, classrooms and artist studios. An elevator made the entire building ADA accessible. A grand reopening was celebrated in 2003.
Gallery One Visual Arts Center is a nonprofit organization that relies on community involvement and donations to keep its doors open. In addition to rotating exhibits of contemporary art, Gallery one offers a variety of quarterly classes, an art after school program, a gift store featuring regional artisans, a full ceramics studio available for rent and classes, inexpensive studio spaces for artists and facility rentals for the community.Join Now!