After a Successful Exhibition, New Hope Gallery to Permanently House Jerry Garcia’s Artwork

Jerry Garcia holding a guitar while talking to another person
Image via Grateful Dead.
Fans of Garcia and the Dead came from Vermont, Maine, and several other parts of the country to see Jerry's art.

An art gallery in Bucks County has announced itself as the new home of several pieces created by one of rock music’s most revered frontmen.

Arete Gallery, located at 122 South Main Street in New Hope, recently held an exhibition of artwork created by Jerry Garcia, the late frontman of the Grateful Dead. Originally held from Aug. 1 – 9, which were the dates of his birth and his death, the gallery held two extensions of the show due to popular demand.

Now, the gallery will permanently house the collection after gallery owner Kim Plyer struck a deal with the artwork’s original owner, who acquired the pieces in the early 1990s.

According to Plyer, the show was a massive success. Fans of Garcia and the Dead came from Vermont, Maine, and several other parts of the country to see Jerry’s art. Some even made the trek from Canada to the New Hope gallery.

“I was thrilled with the overwhelming response we received,” Plyer told BUCKSCO.Today. “The locals in Bucks County were the real ones who helped us see that there is truly a need and a desire for Jerry’s work.”

Many of the pieces are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Seva Foundation and the Martin Guitar Foundation.

“Arete Gallery was recommended for us by our long-term business partners as a very professional gallery with a great exhibition record and outstanding integrity,” said John Sozanski, the CEO of Image Makers Art and the original owner of the pieces.

Plyer’s fandom with the band goes back many years. Back in the early 1980s, she was backstage at the old Philadelphia Spectrum and was able to meet and talk with Garcia. During the meeting, she wrote down a quote on the back of a napkin: “As we walk together through this world we have to love one another.”

“Nothing captures the spirit of togetherness and love like Jerry Garcia’s creative talents,” she said. “Whether it is his lyrics, music, or his artwork. Every time you experience it, you feel his creative energy. Every community needs creative expression and we will continue to share it at Arete Gallery.”

Learn more about the artwork and the gallery at Arete Gallery.


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