It's often thought that the second year of business can be the hardest, the most challenging and the one that will test you. I'm certainly aware of the importance of making the second year count. That's why I decided to start my second year of Gallery 139 with a group exhibition that is about something I love, DOGS, even though they have little to do with art or business. It's a reminder to myself of why I started this gallery. I started it because I love art, I love putting together exhibitions and supporting talented artists. As much as I've learnt this first year, that starting my own art gallery also means I need to sell works to pay the rent, I don't want to ever lose sight of why I do what I do.
If you are familiar with Gallery 139, you will know Coco, The Gallery Dog. She is my constant gallery companion and is always willing to receive a gentle scratch from a visitor or engage in some play from a four-legged friend. She is why I now love going to work everyday and it is my love for her that has inspired this exhibition.
Dogs in Art starts on Wednesday 13 January and opens Saturday 16 January from 2-4pm. Friendly and well-socialised dogs are always welcome in the gallery.
~ Ahn Wells