Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon loved the 20 years she spent teaching art and special education at East Providence High School. She never imagined that she would one day open her very own gallery and teaching space just down the street.
Jennifer had taken art classes at EPHS, but it wasn’t until 2011 – well into her career, when she was serving as chair of the high school’s art department – that she discovered her own painting talents. Her work began to sell locally and even internationally, and in 2015, she resigned from teaching to focus on art.
A board member of the East Providence Arts Council, Jennifer knew many artists in the East Providence Art Club and beyond who were interested in gallery space. She decided to combine her passions for painting, teaching and helping other artists and creatives into a center focusing on “everything I’ve loved doing professionally and personally.” It took some time to come together, but after looking for space so long she nearly gave up, a local realtor friend unexpectedly connected Jennifer with a great location within eyesight of the very high school classrooms where she had studied and taught.