Mathews Art Group going strong at 20th anniversary

Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Dec 21, 2011 - 04:03 PM

Photo: Among the celebrants at the celebration of the Mathews Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary Tuesday night were, from left, MAG artists Sammy Anderson and Ben Richardson and MAG members and supporters Kae Kendall and Bill Booker. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Among the celebrants at the celebration of the Mathews Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary Tuesday night were, from left, MAG artists Sammy Anderson and Ben Richardson and MAG members and supporters Kae Kendall and Bill Booker. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Mathews artists dreamed of a gallery of their own for 30 years before it became a reality, and now that gallery has been going strong for 20 years. The Mathews Art Group held a 20th anniversary celebration for its gallery Tuesday evening.

Lamae Shaw and Mary Keen, two of the founding members of the gallery, recalled its establishment. Shaw said she discovered that the building on Main Street in Mathews was available and rushed to tell other members. They quickly called a meeting, met with the building’s owner, and made a deal in record time. The gallery, which opened under the direction of the late Patty Zierow, has been a success ever since.

"It’s the perfect location, the building is reasonable, and everybody supports us," said Shaw.

The building hasn’t changed much over time, she said, but the art has.

"I think it’s better than it’s ever been," she said. "Everybody improves with time and age."

Both ladies are retired now, but Shaw, who once worked in acrylics with a watercolor effect, and Keen, who used oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pen and ink, still support the Mathews Art Group and the gallery.