What is a cooperative gallery?
After three years under private ownership, Art Gallery 505 morphed into the Gallery 505 Artist Co-Op beginning in mid 2016. More than a dozen local artists stepped up to help keep the doors open.
If you are a local artist and are interested in joining our cooperative, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit the gallery.
Our Gallery and Gift Shop offers a great selection of one-of-a-kind handmade items, most priced at under $100.
Meet our Co-Op members:
Susan Blubaugh ~ painting
Jamie Cummings ~ metalwork
Eileen Eddleman ~ painting
Bob Espen ~ wood working
John Fish ~ painting
Curtis Johnson ~ painting
Margaret Kincaid ~ painting
Patty Misch ~ jewelry
Di Morgan ~ fiber arts
Jake Morgan ~ web design, photography
Mike Morgan ~ sculpture, photography
Linda Shepherd ~ photography
Janice Sutherlin ~ painting
Pauli Wolfe ~ painting, encaustic
Toledo's Art Gallery 505 Gives Local Artists a Chance to Shine
By Aaron Kunkler, The Centralia Chronicle
Sept. 15, 2016
Tucked away in the resilient town of Toledo is a regional treasure, the Art Gallery 505 artist co-op, which is run by local artists, and showcases rotating displays featuring art from its members and others.
Located off Cowlitz Street, the humble storefront hides an interior rich with oil and pen drawings, weaved baskets and stained glass artwork.
Large paintings of birds hang from display racks, along with garments sporting signs urging patrons to try them on as bowls of varying sizes sit around the edges of the room on stands.
Mike Morgan and his wife, Di Morgan, opened the gallery around three years ago and worked it themselves until recently, deciding to switch to a co-op model.
“Now that we’ve got 13 of us, we can do it a lot better,” he said.
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In the news:
‘Treknology:' Toledo Resident Publishes Book on the Science of Star Trek
Humanity Closing in on Futuristic Technologies, Astrophysicist Says
By Graham Perednia, The Centralia Chronicle
Nov. 3, 2017
When Star Trek first premiered 51 years ago, the world was in the midst of the Cold War while violence from race riots and scenes from the Vietnam War were on the evening news every night. To some, it seemed humanity would not survive.
However, once a week on NBC, thousands of people would tune it to watch stories from a future where humanity survives and thrives in the 24th century.
“Star Trek was always a positive image of the future where people use technology to better humanity,” Toledo resident Ethan Siegel said.
Siegel, who earned a doctorate in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Florida, recently released his latest book, “Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive.” In it, he examines the technology of the series and humanity’s progress in developing it.
“I was taking a look back at what we thought the future would be in the 1960s,” he said at a book signing event on Thursday at the Art Gallery 505 in Toledo.
From Discover Lewis County:
The arts are thriving in the small town of Toledo, thanks in no small part to Art Gallery 505, which showcases a wide range of local artists' work.
The brainchild of longtime Toledo residents and artists Mike and Di Morgan, Art Gallery 505 sits right off the highway for which it is named, showcasing art on a variety of media to travelers far and wide.
Each month, there is a new show with a new theme, and artists from across the region display artworks such as photographs, mixed media, canvas and much more. To kick off each new month, Art Gallery 505 hosts a reception and opening the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 7 p.m.
Art Gallery 505 is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission, so stop in, say hello and check out all the gallery has to offer at 205 Cowlitz Street in Toledo.