The Next Chapter: Sandi and I are the New Owners of The Gallery at Redlands

Our lives are the result of all the doors we have walked through, and our continued growth depends on our willingness to keep moving into new spaces.

Madisyn Taylor, “When Doors Open”, DailyOM

On February 12, 2017, the Gallery at Redlands was conceived. Wade and Gail Thomas sat down with me in an old general store in rural east Texas and they shared their vision for opening a gallery in Palestine, Texas. They wanted me to inaugurate it with a One-Man-Show.

A little over a month later, on March 24, the Gallery at Redlands opened for business, with the One-Man-Show lasting three weeks, coinciding with Palestine’s Dogwood Festival. When the show closed, Wade and Gail invited me to remain in the gallery, and Jean Mollard, owner of the Redlands Hotel where the Gallery lives, offered me overnight lodging in the hotel anytime I made the two-hour drive to Palestine to work in the space.

Last month, Wade approached me to find out if I was interested in taking over the ownership of the venue. I was elated to find Sandi just as enthusiastic as I to walk through this door. Two Saturdays ago, we took possession of the Gallery and worked till 9:30 that evening before driving home exhausted to recuperate. Last Saturday we returned with two paintings, two crates of pottery, and three stone sculptures, and stayed in the Gallery till midnight before driving home even more exhausted. Now today, Sunday, I have decided I can hold off no longer to announce this exciting news. We have contracted eleven artists to enliven this space with oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel paintings along with photography, pottery and sculpture. After four years of The Gallery at Redlands existing as a showcase for my watercolors, we now choose to open it up to a diverse collection of visual media.

The sheer ecstasy of our new collection of artists cannot be overstated. Though we have yet to convene as a group, I have been stirred by phone and face-to-face conversations with the individuals. Their enthusiasm resonates in ways reminiscent of Stieglitz’s Gallery 291 in New York, Henri’s studio at 806 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, the Ninth Street Club in Greenwich Village and the Cafe Gerbois in Paris. I am convinced that creative sparks will fly once we all gather and share as a group that hopefully Palestine and the surrounding area will notice.

Sculpture by Mark Hyde, Pottery by Paula Cadle
My latest watercolor
We’re still waiting on art from the rest of the crew; my own watercolors are filling space for a few weeks more.
Meet Sandi, whose energy exceeds mine at least threefold
As the clock neared midnight, I had to slump in the chair, while Sandi continued to set up
Stacy Campbell, our newest Pop Artist with her recent work, “I Like Your Willie”

I cannot express my gratitude to Wade, Gail, Jean and Mike for opening this door for us to pass through. The world opening on the other side offers so much promise and adventure. In closing, I share Wade and Gail’s post on The Gallery at Redlands page on Facebook:

Our decision to open The Gallery at Redlands depended entirely on our friend David Tripp agreeing to be a major part. Through the years, as we hoped would happen, David has become the face of the gallery. He has always been the one to make the gallery come alive. It was always our intention, when the time was right, to turn the ownership of the gallery over to David. Well, we are happy to announce that the day has come and as of today The Gallery at Redlands is under the ownership of David. Congratulations to you, sir. We are excited for both you and the future of the gallery and wish you nothing but the very best, Wade and Gail

Thank you again, Wade and Gail, and thanks to the rest of you for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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13 Responses to “The Next Chapter: Sandi and I are the New Owners of The Gallery at Redlands”

  1. lorrainemcfarland Says:

    Dear David and Sandi,
    Wow! Such exciting news! I am so excited for you!
    Any chance you have room for another pastel artist? I’ll be in Texas in May and could bring some work from my Laguna Madre residency after I pick it up in Corpus Christi. No pressure. I won’t be offended if you say no.
    I hope you have huge success! I’m so excited for you both. It will be great fun for you!
    Regards,
    Lorraine

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Yes! I was going to invite you, offering to pick up work next month when I pass through Rolla. If you are willing to come thus way, there will be space for you!

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    • lorrainemcfarland Says:

      Fabulous! I’m thrilled! We get our second vaccine next Saturday, so next month will be perfect! We will be out of town in Steelville March 18 and 19. I have some inventory here in my home studio and in a jewelry store in Rolla and you we can pick some stuff for you to show in the gallery! You are welcome to stay at the studio guest house again if you like, and if you have been vaccinated, and feel safe to do so, we’d love to have you for dinner!

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  3. Dian Darr Says:

    We are so excited about this beautiful new chapter in your lives! You and Sandi will embrace this venture with enthusiasm and eagerness. You will both be such a blessing to the community and to all the artists you will enfold. Congratulations!

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  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, dear Friend! Sandi is a blessing to me! We’ve already worked closely together in this and I’m thrilled!

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  5. doubledacres Says:

    What a milestone in your life my friend! You’ve earned it now you and Sandi enjoy it. Looking forward to seeing it.

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  6. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you for the fast response! I will give you more details as we get closer to the date, and when I will be passing through Rolla.

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  7. Becky Malone Says:

    Congratulations, David and Sandy, on this exciting new adventure! The Gallery at Redlands is now a destination trip, and I can’t wait to visit!

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  8. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Becky! Please let us know when you were coming so we can be sure and greet you. We live two hours away, so of course will not be there everyday.

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  9. Brenda Koegler Says:

    Congratulations! I think a trip to Palestine may be in our near future!

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    • davidtripp Says:

      If you could, please let us know when you are coming. Living 2 hours away, we of course are not always in the gallery. Sandi and I are dying to see you again, to catch up!

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  10. sienablue Says:

    Congratulations! This is a wonderful new chapter.

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  11. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you. We are elated!

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