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Best Wishes that Didn't Come True 

Plum Elements

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Downtown gallery Plum Elements merged art with educational matters in its Wish exhibit. Artist and art educator Tina Hirsig used her own wishes and hopes as well as those of fellow teachers to spark the discussion of education practices and how they could be improved. The show was just one example of gallery owner Andrea Schenk’s shrewd taste in artists; her roster includes locals Jonathan Brilliant, Aija Sterns, and Gary Geboy, as well as international names like Mayumi Oda and Kanazawa Miwa. Despite a passionate following, the pitfalls of King Street streetscaping and the recession have led to an announcement that the two-year-old gallery will close once all its art is sold. But Schenk’s bad fortune means good luck for bargain hunters, as the owner has slashed her prices and held thank-you events such as The Big Domo. Whatever price the stock goes for, the exhibited work is an elegant and eclectic reflection of Schenk’s good taste. We wish the gallery could have weathered these hard times.

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