Hardy Launches Season with Wall-to-Wall Salon

The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the launch of a very exciting 2009 season with the annual “Wall-to-Wall Salon” exhibition, which will open on the evening of Saturday, May 23 from 5 – 7 pm and remain on view through Thursday, May 28. The weeklong exhibit will feature an array of artwork in a variety of media.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase the tremendous talents of our local and regional artists,” said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, the Hardy’s executive director. “The event has grown from its beginnings as a one-night event to one of the must see exhibits each year.”

The weeklong display is great way for exhibiting artists to connect with the public. Each year, viewers are encouraged to cast a vote for their favorite piece with the popular “People’s Choice Awards,” which runs the entire week. All funds raised by your $1 per vote supports Hardy programming.

“We had a tremendous turnout last year with nearly 600 votes,” Gigstead continued. “We hope to surpass that this year by encouraging everyone to come out, enjoy the display and support the organization by voting for a favorite piece.”

The “People’s Choice Awards” will be announced at the opening reception of the 47th Annual Juried exhibit at 6 pm on Friday, June 5.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Francis Hardy Gallery will be closed from Friday, May 29 to Friday, June 5 for the installation of the 47th Annual Juried exhibit and will be open daily from 10 am – 5 pm and 8 pm on Mondays thereafter. The gallery is located on Ephraim’s historic Anderson Dock. For more information, call 920.854.2210, send email to [email protected] or visit