The White Pelican is located at 127 East Main St. in Grafton.
Local entrepreneur and stained glass artist Sarah Ansell has returned to Grafton to re-open The White Pelican at 127 East Main St.
Ansell operated The White Pelican in Grafton from 2003 to 2008, representing, showcasing and selling art by local artists.
The White Pelican reopened in late January. The gallery showcases and sells handmade and fine art in a variety of mediums: painting- acrylic, oil, watercolor, fiber/textiles, block prints, photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics, upcycled art and more from 23 of the region’s talented artists; one artist, Chris Anders, handcrafted jewelry, of Springfield, Ill., overlaps from the original gallery.
Ansell is excited to return to Grafton as a business owner and art supporter, “Grafton is a great place to sell art, thanks to the supportive community, tourism attractions and natural beauty!”
Art Workshop for Kids, ages 4-9 with adult supervision or 10 and up can be dropped off after parent signs liability release, is beginning this month: April 26 and 27. The classes are taught by Illinois state-licensed art teacher and gallery artist, Heidi Hulliung. Kids will have the opportunity to choose a medium to create a drawing, painting or other from still-life stations while learning techniques and fundamentals of art. More art workshops for adults and children are coming soon.
In addition to the gallery and art workshops, The White Pelican will host Art in the Yard, a monthly art fair in the yard surrounding the gallery. Interested artists can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (618) 780-9197 for information.
“The goal is to create the street art fair experience found in urban areas. The yard that encircles the gallery is the perfect location, visible from the road and water, and an alternative way for more artists to show and sell their work,” Ansell said.
Patrons can visit and shop at The White Pelican Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Like The White Pelican on Facebook to follow updates or visit www.thewhitepelicanartgallery.com.