PARKLANE GALLERY IS 25!
It’s our 25th year, And we’re still here.
Through thick and through thin, We never gave in.
So our thanks to you, Who’ve helped us pull through.
Come join in the fun, Our celebration has begun!
Parklane Gallery celebrated its 25th Anniversary at the July 9th Kirkland Art Walk and will continue celebrating all year!
Parklane Gallery is the only artist-owned gallery in the Kirkland, Washington arts community. Its more than 40 members share responsibility for all aspects of managing the gallery. Each of us volunteers our time to staff the gallery’s daily shifts, and to serve on the Board of Directors and the committees that keep the gallery running efficiently. All events, such as the Kirkland Art Walk, juried shows and artist receptions, are volunteer activities.
Parklane Gallery artists commit to a minimum of six months as a member of the gallery, and many stay active for a number of years. One of our founding members, Ross Nicoll, has been with the gallery since day one.
Mew artists are selected by a jury of existing members on a monthly basis (click here for membership application). Artists rotate wall spaces every two months and all artists are encouraged to exhibit new work. Each month, Parklane also presents a new exhibit in the front portion of the gallery.
Parklane Gallery started in 1991 when a Kirkland entrepreneur approached a local art club and offered the artists the opportunity to hang their work on the walls of a building he was leasing in downtown Kirkland.
After three months, however, the owner decided the art gallery experiment wasn’t profitable for him and decided to discontinue leasing the space. The artists, still excited about this unique opportunity to display their work in a shared space, decided to chip in and take over the lease and try their hand at creating a co-op art gallery. Thus, Parklane Gallery was born, becoming the only cooperative fine art gallery in Kirkland’s vibrant arts community.
After a few months of struggling, and with only a handful of members, the gallery was incorporated. Meanwhile gallery members spread the word to local art groups, recruiting enough new artists to give the gallery some much needed stability. After two years, the gallery moved to its present location, directly across the street from where it started.
Today the gallery has over forty artists showing their art in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, jewelry and photography. The gallery is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. Art sales account for about one half of the galleries operating expenses. Please consider making a donation to help keep great art alive and well in Kirkland.