Summer Wrap-up and New Autumn Events at Allegory Gallery
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In the News

     The Ligonier Echo recently wrote an article about our new space, featuring the Stone Infusion Class by Lynne Suprock and our current art exhibition on the Project Wall. The show that's up right now is called "Wonder Cabinet" and spotlights work by Asheville-based artist, Cynthia Thornton. Cynthia's artwork will be on display until October 31st.  The article also mentions our new classroom.  In our new location, we will be able to offer small classes and private events.  To read the full article, click here!

In Print and on TV

Andrew has been busy promoting the art of jewelry-making.  Two of his designs are featured in the forthcoming book, "Unexpected Findings" by Michelle Mach.  The premise of the book is to take everyday jewelry components, reimagining them, and giving them new life.  He also has a pair of earrings and a bracelet in the "Dark Glamour" section of the Fall issue of Jewelry Stringing Magazine.   The episode of "Beads Baubles and Jewels" that he filmed in November has been airing across the country on some PBS stations and has been streaming on the "Beads Baubles and Jewels" website.  In the episode, he talks about his career as an artist, blogging, and starting a business.  In the second segment of the episode he shows how to create decorative bead caps out of two-part epoxy clay.  In the third segment, Katie Hacker shows how to create a wire-link chain necklace that features one of his porcelain pendants.  

"Unexpected Findings" is due to hit shelves on October 13th and is available for pre-order.  Find it on Amazon or through Interweave. Use coupon code "THORNTON10" to save 10% off your purchase.


Coming Soon

Allegory Gallery is pleased to announce our upcoming trunk show!  We have partnered with Dakota Stones, a Minneapolis-based company, to offer a selection of premium gemstone beads.  The offerings have been carefully curated and spotlight stones from around the world in unique cuts and shapes.  The trunk show will only be up for a limited time!  The trunk show runs from October 31st to November 14th.  Make sure to stop by the store so you don't miss out!

New Art

One of the things that we take pride in is finding new artists and giving them a platform to share their work.  The upcoming art exhibition on the Project Wall is called "The Whispering Woods" and showcases original artwork by Johnstown-based artist, Todd Beisel.  The show opens on Saturday, November 1st with an opening reception from 5PM to 7PM.

Ligonier Art Walk

Todd Beisel's show at Allegory Gallery is one of the stops on the fall installment of the Ligonier Art Walk.  The Ligonier Art Walk is scheduled for Saturday, November 1st from 10AM to 7PM and includes seven unique art venues featuring affordable art perfect for gifting this holiday season.  Join the festivities, support the arts in our community, and shop local! Keep up with the activities of the local art galleries and museums on their Facebook page.

Inspired by Reading Book Club

Interested in a fun, creative challenge?  Each month we host a book club with participants across the country.  It's not your ordinary book club though, after you've read the assigned selection for the month, you create something inspired by what you read.  It can be any!  We share what we've made and discuss the book at our monthly meet-up and post our creations in a blog hop.  The next meet-up is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28th from 6PM to 9PM.  The October selection is "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman.  It's available at your local library or through Amazon.    Interested in keeping up with our club, visit the Inspired by Reading Facebook group.

On the Road

Will you be in New York City for the Whole Bead Show?  The show is October 17th-19th.  Andrew will be teaching two classes at the upcoming bead show.  He will be instructing "Making Faces" and "Mixed Media Mod Brooch". To find out more about the classes and to sign up, click this link

Reflections: A Note from Andrew

Yesterday was my birthday.  I used to plan elaborate birthday parties and celebrate with true gusto.  Nowadays, I use the day in a much more contemplative way and reflect back over the years.  I think about all the things I have done and all the things that I would like to do.  While it isn't as festive, it grounds me and centers me.  It reminds me of how far I've come and how far I'd like to go.  

Last year, we were still at our old location.  We had finally finished renovating the Annex and had been running classes for a few months.  I have to admit that I had an odd sensation of satisfaction.  The store was doing well and the Annex was up and running after so much sweat and toil.  In hindsight, it was the calm before the storm.  Six months later (and after one of the most severe winters I have experienced), we decided to leave the old storefront, close the Annex, and start over in a new space.  The transition was hard, but the rewards of taking the next step were ample and bountiful.  We have been in the new shop for nearly half a year and I couldn't be happier.  We didn't know what to expect when we moved, but the business has grown, become more established in the community, and continues to flourish.


As I look back over the years, I see a steady stream of hard work.  I see my calling.  I see my passion.  I think back on all the people I have met and the friendships I have made and forged all the stronger.  I think back on all the beautiful things I have seen and all the things that I have made.  I feel lucky.  I feel full of gratitude.  We have been blessed with such an outpouring of positive energy and support.  It's hard to imagine that four years ago, I had been diagnosed with cancer and was facing treatment.  It was a dark time and I couldn't have fathomed having a store then.  It seemed like an impossible dream, that maybe... someday... might come true.  As I look back, I see all the winding paths, connecting and unfurling... bringing me to this place.  It is a good place.  Thank you for being a part of this journey, of going with me and William into unknown territory and discovering happiness.

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