Sixth Street Gallery \ MOSAIC Arts Alliance


This was the Sixth Street Gallery's website when it was located at 105 W 6th St.
Content is from their 2006-2007 archived pages, offering a glimpse of what this gallery was doing in this time period. Additional content is from other outside sources.

Sixth Street Gallery \ MOSAIC Arts Alliance
105 W 6th St
Vancouver WA 98660 - United States of America
(360) 693-7340


Vancouver’s Sixth Street Gallery might go under

Artists co-op needs to raise $3,900 by Aug. 8 to stay open.

The Columbian Published: July 27, 2010 | /

Patrons of Sixth Street Gallery peer through a window outside the gallery. The downtown Vancouver gallery will close at the end of August if it can't raise enough money to cover expenses.

Arts in flux

Sixth Street is far from the only arts organization to struggle since the recession. Gallery 21, the former artists co-op in downtown Vancouver, closed in April 2009 after 21 years, due to dwindling membership and sales. The Cupola Gallery in Old Town Battle Ground closed in April of this year for the same reasons.

Financial straits prompted the Vancouver Symphony to cancel its April concerts. The organization launched a Save the Music campaign and exceeded its fundraising goal of $20,000. This allowed the professional orchestra to put on its May concerts and begin planning for the next season.

The Camas Performing Arts Series, which just completed its 25th season, also is struggling. It was announced in May that the series will take the 2011-2012 season off. Declining volunteers, ticket sales and sponsors prompted the hiatus.

But even as some arts organizations are shuttering, others are springing up to fill the void. Eight new galleries have cropped up in downtown Vancouver since last summer. One of them, Niche Wine & Art, moved into the space Gallery 21 used to occupy on Main Street.

Sixth Street Gallery hopes it won’t be added to the list of felled arts organizations. The gallery is asking for people to make tax-deductible donations to Mosaic Arts Alliance, buy art at the gallery, become a dues-paying artist member or art supporter, and attend special events such as the upcoming Art in the Heart festival, a screening of the documentary “Who Does She Think She Is?” and a benefit fashion show.

If everyone gives a little, Sixth Street may not be another casualty of the recession, according to MacKenzie.

“We desperately want to stay open,” she said, “but we need some outside help.”

But if that interest doesn’t start translating into dollars soon, there won’t be a Sixth Street Gallery, said MacKenzie, a co-op member and president of Mosaic Arts Alliance, the gallery’s nonprofit parent organization.

Sixth Street Gallery, which would celebrate its sixth anniversary in December, will close Aug. 31 if it can’t raise $3,900 by Aug. 8. The gallery, at 105 W. Sixth St., is struggling to cover rent and other expenses in the face of declining sales, class registrations and donations over the past year.

“We’ve been struggling for months, and it’s just at the point where we’ve got to make it or break it,” MacKenzie said.

The gallery needed to raise $5,000 to remain operational. So far, it has received a $1,100 donation from a member, but $3,900 remains.

That money would cover rent and bills for at least three months, and would buy the co-op’s 19 members time to pursue corporate partnerships, private donations and increased artist participation in juried shows, MacKenzie said.



Sixth Street Gallery gets new home, name

By Mary Ann Albright
Published: September 18, 2010 | /

Sam MacKenzie, president of Mosaic Arts Alliance, Sixth Street Gallery's nonprofit parent organization.

Sixth Street Gallery is getting a new home and a new name.

The downtown Vancouver gallery, hubbed at 105 W. Sixth St. for the past five years, is moving a few blocks north to 111 W. Ninth St.

o Previously: Co-op members at Sixth Street Gallery in downtown Vancouver announced in July that they needed to raise $5,000 by Aug. 8 to keep the gallery afloat. They succeeded in raising about $4,100, but it wasn’t enough to stay in their current location at 105 W. Sixth St

Earlier this month, members were close to finalizing a lease on an approximately 1,300-square-foot space at 109 W. Ninth St., and were contemplating changing the gallery’s name to Gallery 360. They hoped to open on Oct. 1.

o What’s new: Paperwork has been filed with the state to change Sixth Street’s name to Gallery 360. Gallery members have signed a two-year lease on an approximately 2,000-square-foot space at 111 W. Ninth St., Vancouver.

o What’s next: Sixth Street will be open at its present location through Sept. 26. Members hope to celebrate Gallery 360’s grand opening on Nov. 5 for First Friday Art Walk.

Since it will no longer be located on Sixth Street, members of the co-op filed paperwork with the state to change their name to Gallery 360.

It’s a cost-cutting move for the gallery, which has been struggling financially due to dwindling sales, class registrations and donations.

In 2009, Sixth Street Gallery had net income of $2,340. But from January through August of this year, the gallery was $2,226 in the red, according to financial statements provided by Sam MacKenzie, president of Mosaic Arts Alliance, the gallery’s nonprofit parent organization.

Rent at the new space will be about two-thirds the cost of the Sixth Street space, said Jamie Lutz Carroll, vice president of Mosaic.

The gallery finalized a two-year lease on the approximately 2,000-square-foot-space on Wednesday. It’s about the same size as the Sixth Street space.

At first, members considered leasing a smaller space at 109 W. Ninth St., the back room of a former bar. They opted ultimately to lease both that space and the adjacent storefront at 111 W. Ninth St., which used to be a barber shop.

Both spaces are part of the historic Ludesher building, recently purchased by Portlanders Jeff Arthur, Don Mutal and Aaron Jones. The landlords are pleased with their new tenants.

“We’re just excited about seeing a great gallery move into that space,” Arthur said.

Gallery members are optimistic about the move, as well.

“We’re very excited, though it’s a little daunting,” Carroll said. “There’s a lot of work that needs to go into it. It’s pretty rough right now.”

Gallery members will knock down the wall separating the two spaces to create one bigger area with room for art displays and classroom instruction. They also have a lot of cleaning and painting to do, and need to install lighting and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, Carroll said.

The gallery will remain open at its current location on Sixth Street through Sept. 26. Members had hoped to have the new gallery open to the public on Oct. 1, but that date has now been pushed back to Nov. 5. However, members plan to have art on display in the windows of the new gallery for October’s First Friday Art Walk.

The name change reflects Southwest Washington’s area code but has a more abstract meaning, as well.

“Three-hundred and sixty degrees is a full turnaround,” Carroll said. “That’s kind of how we look at this move, since our other option was closing.”


Editor's Note: We wish to dispel a persistent rumor that has been circulating here for some time. The story goes that infamous con man George Binakis having fled his crime spree in New York has taken refuge not only in the town but has been observed living below the gallery itself. For the uninitiated, on of his most egregious scams involved George taking $65,000 from an elderly woman by promising to renovate her apartment in NYC. He gained her trust and very importantly her sympathy by pretending to have a serious heart condition, requiring a pacemaker and constant monitoring. So successful was his con that when he vanished with her funds, her first concern was for his welfare - she was certain he had died or succumbed to some horrible ailment. The rumor then goes on to suggest that George fled north and ensconsed himself in our community and possibly in our gallery. This is, of course, complete nonsense that may have been instigated by George himself to throw those pursuing him off his tracks. But it has made for some very interesting conversations here and no doubt put us on the map a bit. Always looking for the silver lining!




The SIXTH STREET GALLERY was owned and operated by MOSAIC Arts Alliance. One of their goals was to bring artists and galleries together to create an amazing art attraction. Another was to promote artists in a positive environment and to provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talents. The gallery collected a smaller than average commission allowing artists more return on their work. Artists were juried into the Gallery and shown year round. Each month a different member was featured to compliment our visiting artist or group shows. The Sixth Street Galleryalso dedicated half of the gallery for individual artist and for group shows. These shows were open to any artist.

June 2007

Sam MacKenzie: photography, film, & ceramics

May 30 - July 1, 2007
Artist Reception: June 1, 5:00-9:00pm

Also showing: Trans[-]Queer: a show about gender
From Straw to Gold Straw Art made by Ukrainian Children

Call To Artists

National Juried Fiber Arts Show
Exhibition Dates: August 1 - August 26
Artist Reception: August 3, 5:00-9:00pm
Deadline for Submissions: July 11, 2007

Shannon Miranda

The passages in a life. Secrets. What we hold dear. Our dreams. Each of us has a story: a paradoxical blending of brightness and shadow, comedy and tragedy, and the brushstrokes of each within our life. I explore this paradox in my work, creating each piece to capture the imperfect yet somehow transcendent characteristic of being human. I design my pieces to resonate with the spirit of life, to bring absolute joy to the wearer. Nothing is perfectly precise-the work is organic, hand-formed, ancient-looking.

I grew up in the Rio Grande valley in New Mexico, amidst the confluence of three different cultures. My creations come from a deep well of images from this past, as well as images and memories I've collected on my travels around the globe. Some of the symbols I use are things that haunt me, such as the Milagros pinned on saints in hope of miracles, or the intricate, loopy curves of Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona. The archway of an adobe door. The weathering of wood, and faces, from sun. Dancing, anywhere. Through my work, I wish to reconnect each of us with our rich and varied histories, so that we better understand and appreciate the intricate web that ties us one to another. It is only by understanding our own human truth that we begin to see the real beauty in the world.

Most of my pieces are custom, one-of-a-kind or limited editions, and I work primarily in sterling, fine silver, and high-karat gold. One of my favorite processes entails the use of silver metal clay. I find that it allows me the creative freedom to sculpt and form directly with my hands, and I enjoy the visceral personality of the medium. After firing, my creation becomes solid silver or 22K gold, and I then use traditional metal smithing fabrication techniques to further sculpt and form the metal, until I am happy that my creation has its life and is ready to venture forth into the world.

I will do custom work for weddings, anniversaries, and other special events. If a ring is desired in a different size than what might immediately be available, I will create a new ring in the desired size. Likewise, if a different length of necklace or bracelet is needed, I will make the necessary adjustment. If additional material must be used to accommodate these requests, there will be a corresponding charge. I guarantee the buyer's satisfaction with my work. I do not offer refunds, but will offer credit, exchange, or repair.

March 2006

March 2006
"Stability in Transition"
Deirdre Dew
March 8th - 26th
Artist reception March 10th
Music by Vancouver Madrigal Singers

Featured Gallery Artists

June 2006

The abstract work of DaBat is difficult to confine to a span of calendar time. Some of the paintings emerged in a single session, others through a series of takes and remakes. I really prefer that my work be experienced rather than explained which is one of the reasons why most of the titles of the paintings evoke a feeling rather than telling you what to see. I always listen to music during the process, channeling the energy, the vibe, the surreal feel onto the canvas. In other words, giving the audio sounds the power to voice their colors. The influences within my work include; love, rage, randomness, Buddism, the need for non-conformity, the dream of a different reality. Maybe it's Jesus, maybe it's jazz. One of my goals is to show the viewer that within the Darkside of Light, there is always hope. DaBat 2005