As you stroll along North Santa Cruz Avenue in Los Gatos, you are sure to walk past Gallery 24, its storefront windows displaying a variety of stunning artwork. Previously known as the Los Gatos Museums Gallery, the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club stepped in, taking over management of the gallery in September 2016 when the New Museum of Los Gatos, or NUMU, launched its Civic Center location and the museum’s emphasis shifted. It was then that Gallery 24 moved into the historic Templeman Building at 24 N. Santa Cruz Avenue. The space had been occupied by galleries for over 30 years and so it provided the ideal place for Gallery 24 to begin its renewed vision as a venue for local artists. The building is owned by enduring patrons of the arts, Larry Arzie and David Stonesifer, who subsidize the Gallery’s rent.
The gallery occupies the ground floor and while the upstairs level is another gallery, The Whitney Modern Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, owned by renowned local artist, Gordon Smedt and his wife, Suzanne Whitney-Smedt.
The art exhibited in Gallery 24 are all original works created by over 50 local artists and is changed every quarter. Each artist’s work has been selected by a jury to be displayed and sold. A myriad of styles and media are included, ensuring that there are pieces to appeal to every artistic preference. Abstract and expressionist, still life and florals, animal and portraits, landscapes and urban scenes abound. Oil, acrylic, mixed media, pastels and sculptures are among the media used by the artists, who also volunteer to staff the gallery, offering visitors an opportunity to meet the creators and get to better understand their process and background.
Some of the gallery’s featured artists include Templeton building owner, David Stonesifer, Danielle Dufayet, Ed Lucey, Scott Grabowski, Nancy Takaichi, Veronica Gross, John Crawford, Donna Orme, Sam Pearson, Carol Worthington-Levy and Kaaren Marquez to name a very few. Work purchased benefits the artists and programs supported by the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Charitable Foundation.
The Los Gatos Morning Rotary is a non-profit organization with a mission to fund youth programs in science, music, the arts and humanities. They are also instrumental in hosting the annual Plein Air Art Show that is held over a week during the summer and culminates with a work awarded Best of Show and the artist’s work is displayed and sold during a festival held in Los Gatos Town Plaza.
If you’ve always walked by Galley 24, we encourage you to go inside and discover the incredible talent that so many of our local artists possess. Open from 10am to 5:30pm daily except Mondays, many of the works are quite affordable and even if you are not in the market for a painting or sculpture, Gallery 24 is a wonderful way to spend a half hour or more surrounded by talent and beauty.