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Meet Ashley Gore of Ashley Gallery in Lombard

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Gore.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ashley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all started about two years ago, my family and I were in the mists of a really rough storm. I had miscarried, and then within that same week, I was informed that I had cancerous cells within my cervix that needed to be removed immediately.

I had a minor surgery that went well, I get a pap more regularly now, and am under close watch by my OBGYN. We moved forward, but my body never seemed to fully recover.

For reasons unknown to me, I have aches, pains, fatigue, and an entire heaping list of odd and difficult to explain symptoms. Something they call Fibromyalgia. It is by far the biggest obstacle in my life.

Prior to being diagnosed, I was a manager and bartender of a sports bar. Basically, my entire working life up until then I had been working in either a restaurant, bar, or lounge… Always active.

Being unable to work, (or very little) due to the fibro, doctor appointments, and physical therapy I found myself becoming depressed causing my symptoms to flair. I needed to do something, I decided to give Art a go.

I was actually inspired to begin painting by my Grandmother. She first picked up her paint brush at 75 years young. So I am grateful that she was able to help me out ever so much!

I’ve always been a lover of the arts in general and always in awe of painters, crafters, poets, actors, and people with natural talent to draw.

That said, I pretty much dove right in! I started with some basic supplies and practiced on mixed media paper. After I felt comfortable enough I moved onto canvas, and now here I am. I paint as much as I can. In a way, painting is its own kind of therapy for me.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have definitely been some obstacles along the way, but I try not to let “sick days” keep me from painting or at least getting some things done. It has been tough getting my name out there, and even just getting noticed at first was quite tasking, but putting the work in, and not giving up is the only way to succeed, right?!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Ashley Gallery – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business, Ashley Gallery specializes in selling acrylic art on canvas and instructing beginner classes. I personally create each piece, most are original. I also dabble in Ebru, which is also known as “Turkish Marble Painting,” an ancient form of marbling that is the art of creating colorful patterns by sprinkling and brushing color pigments on a pan of oily water.

What I am most proud of is that I started as a self-taught artist. Now, I am fortunate enough to be able to teach others the art that I love so very much.

Something that sets Ashley Gallery apart from others would be that I have a passion, love, fire, and flair for art and people that I’ve been told that is just uncanny for most any other artist/business owner out there. My teaching technique and soothing ways can put anyone at ease and help any beginner be their very best!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future plans are to expand my teachings. Currently, I teach at a few different places. I would like to possibly expand to doing more home, corporate and social events. Of course, another major goal is to sell more of my paintings, Ebru, and photography as well. Eventually, in the future I would love, love, love to open my own gallery in Chicago. That would be my ultimate dream come true!

Pricing:

  • Paint & Sip $25 per person (all supplies included, private or otherwise)
  • Acrylic on canvas (most sizes 16×20 or 18×24) starting at $75
  • Custom work starting at $50
  • Ebru $25 (11×14 matted)

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