The gallery opened on Friday, April 12, 2013 with a beautiful exhibition of watercolors and mixed media images created by Dutch artist and Portland resident, Jannebeth Röell, and inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver (Jannebeth’s most recent muse). Speaking to a crowd of nearly 200 Jannebeth’s warmth and humor delighted all as she spoke about her lifelong journey as an anthroposophist, nurse and artist living in the world of color, and her more recent enjoyment of Oliver’s poetry. This convergence resulted in a striking and sensitive display, each painting’s title taken from a line from a poem. Jannebeth generously donated 50% of her sales to help the gallery get started. She’s also donated a studio painting to the winner of a school-wide contest to name the gallery!