The DCArtNews blog has posted a letter from owner Elyse Harrison - Bethesda's Gallery Neptune is closing :
In the spirit of economic realism (but indeed not cultural nourishment), Gallery Neptune will conclude it’s seven year run this summer on August 21st.
The good news though is that elements of the gallery’s programming such as our special events will continue, as will the very important work of Studio Neptune, our 20 year old educational program. In fact, Studio Neptune is positioning itself to go non profit and add a wonderful online component that will reach out to art educators and creative people everywhere.
I want to personally thank all of you who have shown dedicated support in covering our numerous exhibits over these past years. It is truly a labor of love to run an art gallery and our two year old gallery space in the building we so carefully developed is proof that my husband and I are firmly dedicated to inspire through good design and excellent programming.
I hope you remain interested in Studio Neptune’s bounty, as we step forward this fall on our world wide journey.
Elyse Harrison has run one of the best art venues in the area, and has worked tirelessly as an artist, educator, and gallery owner; the closing of the gallery is a sad loss for the arts community. On a personal note, as an artist, she and the gallery have provided me invaluable support and expertise in my art career. I will miss the gallery, and hope that Studio Neptune gets all the support and success it deserves.