Friday, January 2, 2009

Updates for the New Year

GINA Tel Aviv celebrated its fifth birthday on December 4, 2008 in the presence of 300 supporters and friends. The birthday was marked by the first showing at GINA Gallery of Naive Art from Scandinavia - Denmark, Sweden and Finland. While hors d'oeuvres and wine were being served, a group of musicians played a medley of melodies from the 26 countries whose artworks are currently being promoted at the gallery, and I presented a review of the past five years, and advised that:

- in 2003, we had a mailing list of 700; today - 7,000 .
- in 2003, we exhibited the artworks of 75 artists; today - more than 225.
- an average of 40 people visit GINA Gallery Tel Aviv on a daily basis.

In January, I plan to visit several artist in Italy in order to acquire additional artworks in anticipation of an all-Italian Naive Art exhibition that will be held at GINA Gallery Tel Aviv in the Spring of 2009.

In early 2009, we plan to start exhibiting the works of Robert Logrippo, a U.S. Naive artist who concentrates on New England landscapes and New York cityscapes.

Within the next 4-6 weeks, I hope to re-visit Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in order to acquire new artwork of the leading Naive artists of Central America. These artworks will be displayed both at GINA Gallery New York and GINA Gallery Tel Aviv.