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Last May, 12 members of the Dryden Regional Arts Council (DRAC) made a dream become reality when they opened an art gallery in the Dryden District Chamber of Commerce building on Government Street. Today, the gallery features the art of 17 local artists and is constantly expanding.
Naked North Gallery and Gifts showcases the unique, hand-made, high-quality art and gifts produced by local talent and in turn, the artists volunteer their time to run the gallery.
DRAC president, Willene Moffatt says the artists are thrilled to be celebrating their one-year anniversary.
“We’re so proud of the space and the variety of the art. All of the art is totally original work, unique and all hand made and it’s local. We’ve had an excellent reception and support from everyone and we’re looking forward to this year with the tourist season opening.”
Naked North shares space with the Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor Information Centre, which brings people right into the gallery.
“It’s a perfect melding of all three of us in the same building. Tourists can walk right into the art gallery. There are always artists working in the store and new stock is brought in every week and things are changing all the time.”
Moffatt adds that the DRAC jumped into the idea of a gallery with both feet, not knowing what they were getting themselves into but attributes the success of Naked North to the teamwork of the artists.