Anita Fleerackers opens own gallery: “After forty years, it’s time to take new path”
Gierle –Artist Anita Fleerackers (64) is starting her own gallery in her home base at Hemeldonk in Gierle (Lille). “After nearly forty years as a professional artist, it is time to take a new path,” she says.
At the Anita Fleerackers Gallery, the experienced artist plans to show works by other artists to the public starting Friday, Dec. 1. “Opening my own gallery has been a dormant dream for many years. The legislation of diesel cars and transportation in big cities has helped accelerate the realization of my dream,” says Anita Fleerackers.
“We are all facing climate change and its consequences. For years I participated in international exhibitions and traveled many miles with my light truck loaded with my works, pedestals, tables and chairs. Each time this involved setting up and taking down an exhibition, welcoming visitors, stocking galleries and often returning home late at night. In this way, thousands of people were introduced to my works.”
Together with her husband and manager Staf Campforts, Anita Fleerackers herself wants to bring artists and art lovers together in a gallery of her own. “After nearly forty years as a professional artist, the time has now come for me to take a new path and start my own international art gallery,” says the initiator. “Our living space has an open view of nature and offers a beautiful presentation of the artists’ works.”
The intention is to host a new exhibition each month. Gallery Anita Fleerackers opens its doors on Friday, Dec. 1, with works by Tessa Renders, Stef Janssens, Michèle Voeten, Annette Defoort, Jef Urkens and Anita Fleerackers herself. The gallery will be open a total of fourteen days in December, each time from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hemeldonk 9 in Gierle. (bvdl)