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Local Girl Gallery Closing on Detroit Avenue

The community institution will host its final show on Sept. 15. “Everything must go.”

, a community staple on Detroit Avenue, is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Friends, customers and artists stopped by the gallery on Wednesday, saddened to hear the news. Owner Linda Goik confirmed that the business would shutter at the end of the month.

With tears welling in her eyes, she said the recession has been tough on the business.

Customers aren’t spending as much as they used to — meaning artists, also hit by the recession, are also struggling to make ends meet.

“I believe that art is therapeutic, but we’ve got bills that need to get paid,” said Goik, who opened Local Girl Gallery eight years ago. “Outside of being a really nice art gallery, this was really a nice part of the community.

 “We were really the little engine that tried.” 

Joan Heinrich, a Lakewood resident and artist, said that local artists often struggle to find a place to sell their work.

Local Girl Gallery filled that void.

Heinrich began selling her work at the gallery eight years ago, soon after it opened.

“Linda has been so supportive,” she said, also holding back tears. “I hadn’t been in retail before. She was so encouraging.

“This place has good karma — and I am not into mystical stuff. But this is a good space.”

Goik said she’s already begun to look for full-time work, noting that her part-time hours at Home Depot aren’t cutting it.

On her Facebook wall Goik wrote: “I have loved owning the gallery and representing the many wonderful and talented artists, young and old whom have walked through it's doors.”

A bevy of supportive comments followed.

Throughout the years, the gallery has hosted parties, showings and fundraisers, frequently giving back to the community through countless volunteer efforts.

The gallery’s final show, "Domesticated," to benefit the Animal Protective League, is still scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15.

“Everything must go,” Goik said.

ian king September 06, 2012 at 09:23 PM
HI Michael, Sad to hear of another art gallery closing, but art is one of the toughest sales in any city. How about starting a collective of artists in some of the empty storefronts in Lakewood? At least the burden of expenses is shared more easily, and inventory is usually changed more frequently. BTW Michael, if you ever owned a business, the lack of support from a city is rarely the cause for closure. It is simply customer demand. If there isn't any, no business can survive. I have yet to find any business in Lakewood with a stuck-up staff as you call it. Never. Always welcomed and inviting. I do agree with you though, that a mindset does exist here in NE Ohio that I have not found in other places I have lived: Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco. That being a mindset of "I will always shop/buy where it is the cheapest;" regardless of supporting the small local shop owner. And add to that unsupportive local shopping mindset, the current depression economics, and well, it is a miracle any small business will survive for long in NE Ohio.
Michael A. Miller September 06, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Try something better than a volley of vague, defensive, unsupported rhetoric. And I'm still waiting for your list of what you've done, other than barfing rhetoric, to keep your buddy from losing her business and having to take a wage-slave drone job.
Michael A. Miller September 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM
@ Ian King: "I have yet to find any business in Lakewood with a stuck-up staff as you call it. Never." "Never" is a big place. Either you and I shop in different circles, or there's a reason uppity and dismissive behavior doesn't register with you.
Gina J. September 07, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Why do you always have to be the turd in the punch bowl?
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 11:10 AM
"Always" is a big place. There's nothing wrong with being honest and direct. Life isn't a popularity contest and I'm not anyone's therapist. Get over it. How is your attacking me helping to keep Local Girl Gallery open?
Bob Smith September 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I just read through some of Mike Miller's posts, and I find it shocking that he is unable to obtain employment. He seems like he would be a great employee... Actually, he is a waste of life.
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The only thing worse than a "waste of life" is someone who stalks a "waste of life". Why don't you go withdraw some of your disability-benefit money and buy something to eat for your 15+ cats?
ian king September 07, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Hi Michael - I am always (though I shouldn't be at this point) amazed at your "selective editing" of posters points/comments. I suppose that serves to reinforce your often weak and highly personal/unique experiences and perspectives. I think what you point out is actually your own experience that you seem not able to totally absorb into your own enlightment, and I quote from you: "there's a reason uppity and dismissive behavior doesn't register with you." Hmmmm, I think a good therapist ( or anyone really) would interpret your statement as really meaning YOUR experience with staff reflects YOUR approach to those staff, so I guess who is being uppity and dismissive here with staff?? THINK and REFLECT on that one Michael!! LOL
The original Bill September 07, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I agree Bob. Never a kind word just negative blabber, thinly veiled racism and belligerent condescending posts from him on every subject on this site.
ian king September 07, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Lets try to get Lakewood's City Council to take one of the many abandoned storefronts on Detroit and turn it into a collective for artists of all mediums. A collective is usually able to withstand a lot of economic problems a single gallery owner just cannot in down economic times. And inventory usually changes a lot more often which creates return customers coming in on a more regular basis. Plus there will be a wide price point of sale, as some art will be high end/expensive and some art very affordable such as smaller items, objects, etc. Several cities in the rustbelt have done this to great success. Lets call the Mayor and get this happening - we just can't let everything in Lakewood become a drug store or fast food hamburger joint! BTW, check out this great website for more ideas on how to renew/revive rust belt cities like Cleveland and yes, Lakewood: www.rustwire.com
ian king September 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Hi Michael, are you capable of actually presenting some ideas on improving quality of life in NE Ohio, or Lakewood? Or are you too smug and dismissive and just plain nasty to get your hand a little dirty with really THINKING INTELLIGENTLY about how to revive/renew/rebuild this still declining area? I think one of Oscar Wilde's insightful quotes is applicable to many of your silly, personal attacking comments that really are of no use to anyone concerned about Lakewood's future, and I quote, thinking of you Michael: "I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying." (I am sure you will just turn my comments into your own brand of selective negativity, but hey, I guess we can't really expect too much insight from you, can we?)
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Tsk, tsk, Ian. Did you miss a nap, or is this you when you're not stoned? For someone who represents himself as the peacemaking patron saint of the comment thread, your empty rhetoric is pretty judgmental and not a little harsh. Where's the harm in "selective editing" when the entire comment I referenced is still up for everyone to see? Are you a therapist, or are you just the publicist for all of them? I can't imagine how else you would know what they would tell me under any conditions, and presume to speak for them. Seems to me like you're jumping to some broad and uninformed conclusions based on subjective and out-of-context reasoning. Actually, I'm polite to retail and service personnel, and a good tipper in environments where tips are expected or allowed. So... What are you doing to keep Local Girl Gallery open or top help its owner secure a job if it closes? All I see here is you and everyone else getting on your soapboxes to attack me and amble off topic, and it doesn't seem the gallery or its owner is any better off. I pity anyone who has you crusaders in their corner.
ian king September 07, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Hi Bob - after I just took time to respond to Michael Miller, I just realized --- WHY? I think since he produces no insight, no suggestions, no ideas about renewing/reviving NE Ohio/Lakewood - why don't we all just ignore his comment? Lets not get into his game of attack and then attack again once someone responds to one of his silly, inflammatory comments. I think he just likes to stir the fire and actually wants a lot of inflammatory responses to his belligerent/bully remarks. So, why do we have to respond to them? IGNORE HIS COMMENTS unless he actually produces a creative, thinking, intelligent one! (no need to worry about that I would bet on for sure!) DON'T respond to Mr. Miller's rants!
ian king September 07, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Silly man/ or is it boy???? LOL
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Even I were a civic activist, The Administration of The City of Lakewood makes a show of pretending to value citizens' input, then they do as they please—exactly what they were going to do to begin with, if not worse. If you feel the future of Lakewood is your responsibility, have at it. Run for office. Found or join a grassroots community. It's not my problem. I just don't understand why you're sitting here kicking up dust, evading my questions about your accountability and usefulness. Let me know wehn somoen acts on your suggestion about forming a collective. I'm not attacking anyone. I'm doing what I would do if anyone had the spine to step to my face and say what they say behind online anonymity: I'm defending myself against bullying. I don;t address anyone ,who doesn't address me first.
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
@Ian: All man. Why are you still here? Why aren't you out rallying for whatever your causes are?
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
@Bill: Exaggerate much? Maybe if people who are too craven to use anything more than a first name (and fake names) wouldn't attack me, you;d see less of me. I 'm always satisfied to make my comment like everyone else and let it go. So, Bill.... You seem pretty useless. Will you be infusing Local Girl lGallery with a cash, or just hiring its owner?
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 01:20 PM
@Ian: Now that I think about it, would you even know the difference between a man and a boy? Have look in the miror and get back to me. "ian king 13 minutes ago Hi Bob - after I just took time to respond to Michael Miller, I just realized --- WHY? I think since he produces no insight, no suggestions, no ideas about renewing/reviving NE Ohio/Lakewood - why don't we all just ignore his comment? Lets not get into his game of attack and then attack again once someone responds to one of his silly, inflammatory comments. I think he just likes to stir the fire and actually wants a lot of inflammatory responses to his belligerent/bully remarks. So, why do we have to respond to them? IGNORE HIS COMMENTS unless he actually produces a creative, thinking, intelligent one! (no need to worry about that I would bet on for sure!) DON'T respond to Mr. Miller's rants!" It took you long enough, Übergenius. if you could take that fire to teh streets, you might do some good. I can't comprehend why you people are putting so much time and effort into something and someone you feel is "silly" and whatnot. That says more about you than it does about me.
The original Bill September 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM
When not wehn. Someone not somoen.
The original Bill September 07, 2012 at 02:11 PM
No exaggeration at all. I just click on your name and every post you made is there for all to see. Nothing constructive from you on any subject. Like i said, only negative blabber, thinly veiled racism and belligerent condescending posts.
The original Bill September 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
"if you could take that fire to teh streets" What do you mean here? Teh? Is that supposed to be ten? You want him to take that fire to ten streets? Which ten?
Michael A. Miller September 07, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Ten streets would be a pretty good start, no? I'm a lousy typist and "teh" instead of "the" is one of my standard errors. So, sue me.
Sandy September 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Sorry to hear this. It was a great neighborhood asset in many ways.
Sandy September 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I think I should flag most of the comments above as inappropriate.
Samuel Francazio September 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Keep your chin up Linda, there are not too many people out their in the community to have the courage and fund raising abilities that you have. And having a natural Artistic talent in your designs on Silk. Good luck on your Job Search! Samuel Francazio
john2 September 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Mike You are a tool
Michael A. Miller September 08, 2012 at 01:51 PM
What have you done to keep Local Girl Gallery open or keep its owner in work?
JC September 08, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ever since I was young, Linda has given me the tools to grow as an artist. Linda is a superb human being who does not deserve to have these quarrels posted on this article. I am still a young adult, but i can even see that this is disrespectful and inconsiderate. It is sad to see adult who are supposed to be "the pride of Lakewood" acting like children.
JC September 08, 2012 at 03:47 PM
*adults
Jeanine Gergel September 11, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Cash Mob Planned at Local Girl Gallery Saturday, September 22 Come out to Local Girl Gallery on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 2 to 6 p.m. and help save our community’s favorite gathering place and creative sanctuary. Fans of the gallery were alarmed when owner Linda Goik announced earlier this month that the gallery would be closing by end of September. Many of us asked what could be done to save it. The answer: The gallery simply needs more business. If you love Local Girl, this is your chance to help keep it alive. The rules for the cash mob are simple: 1) spend at least $20, 2) meet three people you’ve never met before, and 3) have fun. This is the time to start your Christmas shopping, stock up on hostess gifts, and maybe even buy a little something for yourself! Refreshments will be served. Local Girl Gallery is located at 16106 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

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