Zero Degrees Art Gallery celebrates 10th Anniversary

There will be an anniversary sale that starts this weekend and will run through next week.
Published: Nov. 11, 2020 at 9:20 AM EST
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Zero Degrees Art Gallery is celebrating ten years of bringing local artists together this year.

Zero Degrees was started in 2010 as a small effort by its founders to promote arts and culture in the city of Marquette. Since then, it has expanded into a co-op that includes more than forty local artists, both emerging and established. Artists who pass the Gallery Jury can display and sell their pieces in the gallery, and work at least eight hours a month manning the front desk.

Marc Himes is one such artist. A retired physician and life-long woodworker, he makes bowls, plates, and other decorative pieces for the gallery. Himes says that he’s found the gallery has been, “...a place for local artists to show their work, and obviously to sell it as well. And we’re very pleased with the positive responses we get from the people coming to the gallery also."

Zero Degrees isn’t just providing opportunities for its members; it’s providing opportunities for local up-and-coming artists as well, like resident sculptor Joe Graci.

“I’ve been pursuing different avenues to sell my work...” Graci says. "And then Marc approached me about doing the guest artist thing, and I said yes because I had time due to the pandemic, and it just kind of worked out.

Graci owns his own studio in Marquette, but was honored to be made the gallery’s featured artist of the month.

He says that any young artists who might want to follow a path like his just need to put in the work, and they’ll get there.

“You have to start somewhere, and keep working, and over time you’ll get to somewhere you want to be.”

You can find Himes and Graci’s work, and many others, at the Zero Degree Art Gallery.

You can find a link to Zero Degrees' website here, and a link to Joe Graci’s studio website here.

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