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Gallery anniversary celebration is success

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The newly branded and positioned Shelby Artists on Main celebrated turning 8.

By Spencer Jenkins

A successful and joyous anniversary party last Saturday reminded a local artist how much people care for the arts in Shelbyville.

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Shelby Artists on Main co-founder Linda Powell said the “anniversary was a smash.”

“The people in attendance seemed very pleased,” she said. Past supporters of the gallery who came were surprised by the obvious improvements.”

About 75 people stopped by to celebrate the now nonprofit gallery’s anniversary, but Powell said there isn’t a tally yet on how many raffle tickets were sold.

“They were going briskly, she said. “We will continue to sell them until the [Shelbyville Horse Show] Jubilee at the end of July, first of August.”

The celebration showed Powell and other patrons what the future has in store for the gallery – which has been rebranded as “Gallery: Shelby Artists on Main” as part of its new 501(c)(3) status.

“We are a door for cultural experience, like the revered Shelby County Community Theatre. We are another avenue for enrichment,” Powell said. “With community and business support we will help our community be more fully alive and aware.”

Powell said she hopes the gallery will draw more of the talent Shelby County has in the visual arts to join the gallery and help them bring their work to public attention.

“This is a deeply rewarding work and we want to