Thursday, February 19, 2009

Help Save Gallery 5

For the past four years, Gallery5 has introduced to Richmond an entirely new concept in the presentation of cutting-edge art and creative live performances. From the critically acclaimed “Disrobed” and “Disrobed 2” - the highest-attended art openings in Virginia history; to the “Carnival of Five Fires” - three nights of art, entertainment, and ribald revelry; and hundreds of unequaled exhibits, performances, and socially-conscious presentations, programs and campaigns throughout the years, Gallery5 has been the beacon of hope and creativity for thousands of emerging artists and entertainers.

Gallery5, housed in a 160 year-old, National Historic Landmark building, now finds itself in a very precarious position. The tens of thousands of loyal volunteers, artists, performers and guests who have combined to make Gallery5 one of the most popular art destinations in Richmond, have also been responsible for the wear and tear to the building that now must be addressed, without the necessary funding to do the work.

Without an immediate influx of adequate funding to address this serious situation, Richmond will lose this valuable historic resource. As most of you already know, Gallery5 has always been a labor of love, operated and maintained entirely by volunteers. It is our hope that the thousands of visitors who have been treated to a cacophony of unique sights and sounds each and every month will now come to our aid so that Gallery5 can continue to provide quality, innovative and enriching art, entertainment and exhibits to patrons for years to come.

The goal is to raise $175,000 to maintain both the historic building and Gallery5, we need your support. All donations, monetary or in-kind, are tax deductible. Even the smallest donations are appreciated.

A few of Gallery 5's critical needs:
-Roof repairs
-Exterior repairs
-Interior Water Damage
-Replacement awnings
-Electrical upgrade
-Heat and Air Upgrade
-Floor Repairs (Sanding, Repainting, Refinishing)
-Painting (Interior and Exterior)
-Equipment Repair and Upgrade
-Cleaning Services
-Gas Line Repair
-Mac Computer for Office and Internship Program
-Musical Equipment

Gallery5 currently pays over $4, 000 a month for its utilities, mortgage and insurance.
This does not include monthly licensing, taxes, maintenance and other professional services.

We are now placing Gallery5’s future in the hands of our loyal supporters and friends. If you are in a position to assist us, all of our faithful volunteers will be eternally grateful for your unselfish support for this Richmond icon.

How do I donate:?
You can make a donation via check, money order, credit card or paypal. If you would like to make an in-kind contribution, please email

Our paypal link is listed below. Please enter what you would like to see your donation go towards.

Pay Pal


Checks can be made payable to “Gallery5” and mailed to:

200 West Marshall Street
Richmond Virginia, 23220

If you would like to make a donation over the phone with a credit or debit card, please call 804 644 0005 or email

Please Help Keep this Richmond Landmark Alive!!

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