Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Art preview: "Namaste" and gallery closing

Posted By on Wed, May 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM

In March, Ock Hee Hale, owner of Ock Hee's Gallery (2 Lehigh Street, Honeoye Falls), announced to customers that due to a sobering health scare, she will simplify her business, which has included a retail store, art gallery, and landscaping design.

"I asked myself the same question that I asked myself 20 years ago when I was planning a business: What is it that you love to do the most?" After much consideration, Hale decided she will close the retail and gallery sides of the business at the end of December 2015, and focus on the gardening that her mother taught her when she was 4 years old.

The second of the final few art shows will open this weekend. A reception for "Namaste," a presentation of the work the 10-woman artist group, D.R.A.W., will be held on Saturday, May 9, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists include Mary Buchan, Elyse Capell, Jean DeHaven, Connie Ehindero, Christine Knoblauch, Kate Lipsky, Anne Marcello, Carolyn Marshall, Andrea Sands, and Debra VanWert-Sneeringer.

The public is invited to meet the artists and see a performance by the Rochester Women's Chorus, Concentus. "Namaste" will remain on view through June 13. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.

After the gallery and store close, Hale will continue to live in the converted train station at 2 Lehigh Street, and rent out the commercial space. She will also focus on her not-for-profit endeavor for terminally ill individuals that helps people prepare for their own death.

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