At 40, we’re still fresh, exciting and world-class.

It’s hard to believe that the midpoint of our 40th year is upon us! And what better way to launch into the summer season than to announce that we’re kicking into gear on a $10,000 matching grant we received from the Polk County Community Foundation and the Mary F. Kessler Fund that will help us deliver fresh ideas, exciting artists, and world-class contemporary art to our area!

We have some exciting programming, thought-provoking exhibits, and other fun and social plans on our palette for the upcoming months for you, our members and friends. But all this programming takes money, and we hope that you will consider making a generous contribution to Upstairs Artspace so that we can continue to be the fresh, exciting and world-class gallery that you have come to know, love and expect.

Visit the gallery online at and click on JOIN & GIVE. If you’re not a member, please join today! We want to begin including you in our programming right away. If you are already a member, we appreciate your confidence in us and thank you in advance for your continued and sustaining support. As an added bonus, a 40th anniversary T-shirt will be our gift to you for your donation or membership of $40 or more!

We’re counting on you to help us reach our $10,000 matching grant goal. We know we can do it together, as a community of artists and art lovers. And don’t forget that the matching fund allows your gift to go further since it will be matched dollar for dollar by the community foundation.

If you have any questions about the matching grant, or how your donation can make the biggest impact, please do not hesitate to reach me at [email protected], call the gallery at 828-859-2828 or drop by for a visit. As we think about the 40 year milestone the gallery has reached, we are grateful for the support that has sustained us this far, and are hopeful for the promise of the next 40!

With deepest thanks,

John Walters
Upstairs Artspace Board President