Nearby Watch Hill Light, photo by Harris Hanka

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, Inc. was founded by artists in 1992. Artist owned and operated, it has around 50 members and a dedicated group of friends, sponsors, and volunteers. The Gallery is located in the old Montgomery Ward building next to the United Theater. The United Theater after restoration will be able to host both large and small performances and provide rehearsal space.


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.

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