Encaustic work by Arlene Piacquadio, ACGOW President

​​​ARTISTS' COOPERATIVE GALLERY OF WESTERLY

about

The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, ACGOW, is a fine arts gallery exhibiting a new show every month with work from member and visiting artists. ACGOW shows are free and open to the public. ACGOW is a 501-(c)3 non-profit organization run by volunteers. It offers exhibits, openings, lectures, workshops, and classes. Artist members contribute to all aspects of managing the gallery.


Each spring The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly sponsors a juried Regional Art Show that attracts artists from across the Northeast.


Openings are held from 5-8 pm on the 1st Friday of the month. Browse the show, meet the artists and enjoy a glass of wine and tasty refreshments.


Gallery Hours

Wednesday - Saturday 11:00 - 7:00

Sunday 1:00 - 5:00

1st Friday Openings 5:00 - 8:00


History

The Artists' Cooperative Gallery of Westerly  was founded by artists Bruce Goodsell, Sandi Gold and Ginger Mitchell in 1992. Artist owned and operated, it has around 50 artist members and a dedicated group of friends, associates, sponsors, and volunteers. The Gallery is located in the old Montgomery Ward building next to the United Theater.  Both the United Theater and ACGOW will soon be part of a new arts center incorporating  both buildings. The planned renovation will be able to host performances and provide rehearsal space for the performing arts as well as gallery space for display of 2 and 3 dimensional fine arts and crafts.

​Click  here  to view our  25th Anniversary of Memoriesvideo.



Mission

ACGOW is a non-profit art organization dedicated to supporting and nurturing the visual arts in the greater Westerly/Pawcatuck area through:

• Increasing awareness and appreciation of the visual arts

• Building an arts community through mutual support, cooperation and education

• Providing artists with an opportunity to develop, exhibit and sell their work


Corporate Sponsors

We offer the opportunity for local businesses to sponsor an exhibit or activity. Sponsors are recognized publicity at our openings, on our mailings and in our media outreach. If you would like more information about sponsoring an exhibit or activity, please contact the Sponsor Coordinator


Donors

As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on our donors for their support of our mission to promote the arts. Our donors support us with their time and funding, We thank you for your time and generosity. For information on becoming a donor, contact our Donor Coordinator.


Volunteers Operating an art gallery requires extensive work. Gallery members ensure that the gallery is open 35 hours a week, hang a new show each month, prepare mailings and media releases, create marketing, maintain a website, and prepare special events. Many members work full time. If you are interested in helping us by volunteering your time, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.