Gallery Council

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The Gallery Council is a volunteer organization that serves the Memorial Art Gallery by organizing special events to raise funds in support of the visual arts. It is the largest single annual donor to MAG.

Since it was founded in 1940, the Gallery Council has contributed over $3 million to the MAG. The money the Gallery Council raises supports art acquisitions and conservation, scholarships for children to attend the Creative Workshop, and underwriting MAG exhibitions and special publications.

Most recently, the Gallery Council is also the series sponsor for our Family and Community Fun Days.  learn more

Gallery Council members organize three major annual fundraising events:

  • Art & Treasures: a sale of gently used original art, china, crystal, silver and jewelry, as well as a wide range of household items.
  • Clothesline Festival in partnership with MAG. The Council manages the food booths and helps to provide volunteers.
  • Fine Craft Show & Sale: a juried event that features one-of-a-kind and limited-edition work by 40+ master craft artists from across the country.

The Gallery Council Art Tours Committee organizes art lovers’ trips to many interesting places. Most are one-, two-, or three-day excursions, and all benefit MAG.

Why become involved

The Council provides members the opportunity to:

  • Use and develop their special skills and expertise by providing a wide range of challenging leadership and volunteer activities;
  • Enhance their own knowledge and appreciation of the arts through its programs, art related travel opportunities, and other activities;
  • Socialize and work with people of diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in promoting the visual arts.

How to join

Anyone who is a member of the Memorial Art Gallery and who has the time and energy to invest is invited to apply for Gallery Council membership. As members of the Memorial Art Gallery, Council members help the Gallery provide wonderful art and programs to the community. For more information, email Gallery Council Office, call 585.276.8910.

Gallery Council Refund Policy

Anyone unable to attend a refundable Gallery Council event may request a refund by completing a GC Refund Request Form and submitting it to the GC office. Requests for full refunds past the reservation deadline will be granted if the vacancy is filled. Partial refunds may be considered upon receipt of the Refund Request Form. All refunds will be less any non-recoverable costs and a processing fee of $25.

If it is necessary for the Gallery Council to cancel an event or Art Tour, all payments made will be refunded in full.

To expedite processing of your refund request, please print and use the Gallery Council Refund Request Form. Click here to open the form.