The co-op gallery began in a space near the San Felipe de
From there, the gallery hopscotched around the plaza three more times before finding its current home in the old gatehouse of the
"It was very much a seat-of-the-pants operation initially," gallery artist
About 10 years after opening, the group made the then-controversial decision to admit men.
"It seemed unduly restrictive," Groves said.
But the real motive for the inclusion may have been more practical than political.
"They needed handymen," he said with a laugh.
Today the co-op boasts 40 members. Artwork for sale includes clay, glass, encaustic, gourds, handmade books, jewelry, metal, collage, painting, pastel, textiles, watercolor and wood.
Paintings, crafts and jewelry reign as its top-sellers, Groves said.
"I think the strength of the gallery lies in the focus on local art and artists and on reasonable prices and a good return to the artists," he said.
A majority of the sales price returns to the artist, he explained.
"Everyone is juried in," he said. Each new artist spends six months in a probationary period before finally gaining a voted admittance.
"We never lack for applicants."
WHEN: 5-8 tonight
CONTACT: 247-8931 or visit yuccaartgallery.com
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