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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.

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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