After five years in business, artist and owner of Val Marie's Grasslands Gallery has announced that the gallery will close permanently effective August 31.
"It's been a great five years," says Laureen Marchand. "I've met so many wonderful people visiting this region, and some of them have become real friends. Working with the artists has been interesting and fun, and the chance to be with their amazing art has been a real joy."
Marchand has decided to return full time to her own art practice.
"No one person can do everything," she says, "and I’ve decided it’s time for me to focus on my own painting. This decision has not been arrived at lightly or quickly, but I know it’s the right one to make."
Grasslands Gallery opened in December, 2009. Marchand moved to Val Marie that fall and saw the opportunity to bring art and art lovers together in the midst of the beautiful Grasslands landscape.