Art on 62, Madoc's first fine art gallery, holds grand opening on June 22,2023
Formerly an antique shop, Art on 62 is a converted carriage house built in the late 1800's. The pine paneled space features stained glass windows, including an oval floor-to-ceiling window from St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Madoc. The original wooden floors have been sanded to mark the occasion, creating an ambiance that is both warm and inviting.
Cid Palacio, gallery owner, relocated from Toronto in 2020 and expressed excitement about the upcoming opening. "From day one, I had a dream of converting the top part of my art studio into a public art gallery showcasing local artists. Then COVID hit. I'm thrilled that this is finally happening," said Palacio.
Palacio has meticulously curated the artists and their work for Art on 62, not only for their artistic merit but also for their resilience and passion for their craft. "Each artist's journey to realize their vision has been unique," she explained, "with many having to overcome significant challenges to achieve their artistic goals." John Vlachos, for example, was born and raised in Greece and recalls the tough road he travelled to pursue his path as an artist. "While I was celebrated for my talents in school, my domineering father often beat and humiliated me because of my passion for art," Vlachos said.
Paul Kite, co-owner of neighboring Quinn's of Tweed Gallery, shared his excitement about the new Art on 62 Fine Art Gallery coming to Madoc. "I am truly excited with the addition of Cid's new art gallery in Madoc, not only is it a great enhancement to Centre Hastings' dynamic local arts scene, but it will also contribute to the growth of tourism in our region," said Paul Kite.
Following the June event, the gallery will be open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, noon to 4 pm, or by appointment at any other time. Visitors will have the perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and discover the vibrant community that surrounds them.