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Local artists' work set for year-long display at D'Lites

July 30, 2014

By Chelsea Katz, Kilgore News Herald, Texas

July 30--Downtown D'Lites owner Debbie VanDoren is trying to bring local art to Kilgore all year, rather than waiting for the annual KilGogh Art Exhibition & Wine Tasting.

"I just wanted to have a little corner of the store be devoted to a little art gallery because we don't have anything like that in town," VanDoren said about Downtown D'Lites' Corner Gallery.

The gallery also allows people to see local artists' work outside of the annual KilGogh Arts Fetival.

When she returned from visiting her daughter-in-law Naomi in Japan, VanDoren brought back many pieces of work and said she want a venue to display all the artwork she brought back.

In addition to being an encouragement to the artists, she said it provides a "neat" place for the community. Although Two0Five, also on N Kilgore Street, has artwork of all kinds on display, VanDoren's Corner Gallery has only local art that includes paintings, photographs and pottery.

"Our motto here is to be the gospel on display for the world to see," VanDoren said. The gospel, though, is more than just the words written in the Bible. People who pursue the gifts God has given them -- that is God on display, she said.

"There's just a lot that God has blessed people with, and it's nice when it can be out there as a reflection of what God's doing in people's lives," she said.

VanDoren said her gift is working with food and people, but the four featured artists in the Corner Gallery have gifts that VanDoren acknowledged she can admire but could never match.

"It boggles my mind how he can design that," she said of Mark Studdard's pottery on display. The designs include bowls featuring turtles, snakes and other animals.

The Corner Gallery features work from Studdard, Mike Simpson, Lisa deGraffenried and Naomi VanDoren. All four of the artists on display at the Corner Gallery have a connection with the restaurant, and either worked there or done something for D'Lites, she said. Naomi VanDoren's digital painting "Humble Beginnings" was named Best of Show at KilGogh Arts Festival in the spring.

"All four of them are incredibly talented and it's just nice to have the opportunity for people to appreciate it and share it and bring some of it home with them," she said.

The restaurant does not take any commission; all of the money from the sales go to the artist. When Studdard and his family leave for Turkey in mid-August, Van- Doren said she will send the money from sale of his pottery to them.

Although no one bought pieces during the three-day grand opening of the Corner

Gallery, VanDoren said people are slowly starting to stop in and take a look. She acknowledged that, like all new things, it will take time for the gallery to develop and for people to realize it is there.

With a limited amount of space, VanDoren said the four artists' work on display now will stay, but she would like to get more artists involved.

Eventually, she said she would like to have a featured artist of the month to display for a month. That artist's work will go alongside the original four that will always be available.

She has also suggested The Purple Hulls -- Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark -- produce a CD of instrumental hymns that VanDoren would then sell in the store with the other work.


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