New Phone Number 781.715.1445

During the last open house, a gentleman called to double check that we would be open before heading out. He called the gallery and no one answered. No one answered because I had, on this important day, forgotten my cell phone at home. 

Besides the frustration of acknowledging my own bad business practice of forgetting the phone, normally this wouldn't have been a problem because my husband would have fielded the calls and helped my guest. However, our cell phones no longer get service in our home. After calling our service provider and lodging a complaint, we were told that our location was a "dead zone", and that there are no plans to install any new towers in our area. 

It made financial and logistical sense to use this service as the gallery hours are limited, yet I need to be available throughout the week to artists and guests who would like to schedule appointments. I have used the cell phone for the past couple of years for business purposes without problems, or so I thought.  I now wonder how many calls I may have missed; how many people hung up without leaving messages or waiting for voicemail. So, thank you to the gentleman who brought this to my attention, and know that we now have a phone line at the gallery which I can check regularly from wherever I am. 

Running a one-person business means you get to make all the decisions, and take all the blame. I apologize to anyone who has tried to reach me by phone in the past and has not gotten through. Quality service is a staple of this business and I make every effort to acknowledge mistakes and correct them. This situation has been resolved.

Our new gallery phone number is 781.715.1445. 


Master Japanese Calligrapher Michiko Imai Holds Classes at TLGUTS

Michiko Imai, Master Japanese Calligrapher, will be holding classes for both adults and children at TLGUTS

To study with Michiko is truly an honor. Her website highlights the numerous honors and awards she has received as well as the rarity of the skill level she has attained within her field. 

The adult calligraphy studio will be held for four Tuesdays beginning on January 13, from 1pm - 3pm. Children's studio times will be held on four consecutive Fridays beginning on January 16, from 3pm - 5pm. The tuition for adults for all four weeks is $130. Children's tuition is $70. Experience is not necessary for either session. Student bring their own supplies: 1 bamboo calligraphy brush, suzuri (stone for preparing ink) and 1 ink stick. Dick Blick carries these materials. There is a Dick Blick in Boston near Fenway Park. I can pick up supplies for those who need them at short notice, so please contact me if you need this assistance.

If you are interested in these courses, but cannot make it on scheduled days/times, please send us a quick email or comment on this post and let us know what days/times work for you. We are currently building a schedule of artist studio programs and would greatly appreciate this information.    

You can reserve your spot now by mailing in the form with payment or through paypal. Reservations will be taken in the order they are received. Class size is limited and we need just two students to run each session. See the terms and conditions of enrollment on the registration form. Please refer to our website under "classes".

Send the registration form with a check made out to Michiko Imai, c/o TLGUTS, 25 Exchange Street, Lynn, MA  01901, or register through paypal. Please read through the terms and conditions before registering.


Closing Reception for SAND T, Saturday Jan 17th, 2-4 pm

On Saturday, January 17th, 2009, TLGUTS will host a closing reception for UP-CLOSE-AND-PERSONAL, an exhibit of 50 plus works created by Sand T.

Sand T is well known for her unique style of collage using sketches, photographs, found imagery, multilingual printed text, graphite drawings and various other materials encased in epoxy.

The epoxy is used to encase the work as well as to magnify pieces of the imagery, highlighting the work's focal points and bending light to creating both intimate and immense spaces. Each piece is created on hardboard or acrylic glass which is fixed to a skillfully treated "cradle" to compliment the face of the work and create whole pieces without the need for investing in framing or further treatment before hanging.

The subject matter of her work ranges from dreamscapes to explorations of the various cultures which influence her personal life as well as her visual language as an artist.

The exhibit, which is on diplay salon style, mixes new works with older works, taking the viewer through the stages of the artist's process in this series' creation. This exhibit provides the opportunity to see this body of Sand T's work in a way that will allow collectors to combine small groupings of work that are either varied or uniform in content and style, but are either way both complimentary and cohesive.

Sand T is also known for her activism within the art community as founder and director of artSpace@16 in Malden, which closed this past summer as Sand began to focus on her personal work and long list of upcoming exhibits both local and abroad.

She brings to TLGUTS not only unwavering professionalism and highly regarded artistic skill, but also a wealth of knowledge about the art world that has helped me grow as a gallery owner and an artist.

Please join us at the closing reception as we toast Sand T's accomplishments and wish her future success with her upcoming exhibits and artistic ventures!

"Dear diary" by Meredith Goldstein, in the Boston Globe, 11/20/2008
Article in Chinese by Liu, the Epoch Times, 11/26/2008

Also see Sand T's Blog for more about this reception and her current creative pursuits.