The Wellington Equestrian Gallery and Mall’s Grand Opening Preview event, held on Thursday, January 3, 2013, was a fabulous kick-off for the equestrian season. For the past few weeks, the Gallery’s artists and vendors have been busy setting up and presenting their merchandise. It proved to be well worth the wait.
Judging from the overwhelming attendance to the preview event, local equestrian enthusiasts and art connoisseurs’ interest had been peaked as they anxiously waited for the Gallery to open.
The Wellington Equestrian Gallery & Mall was the brainchild of Van Dell, who envisioned creating a unique mall that would feature an eclectic mix of various artists’ work with an equestrian focus from around the world. All of the artists and their artwork have been carefully selected by Van Dell, himself and international art dealer and collector, Jeanne Chisholm.
“We have been feverously working to get the gallery set up before the equestrian season got underway, and we are very pleased with what we have to offer,” said Jack Van Dell of Van Dell Jewelers in Wellington.
Many guests arrived promptly at 5:00 and spent the evening strolling past the artists’ booths while they enjoyed the music of world-famous, Copeland Davis, playing a baby grand piano. The party atmosphere was enhanced by the wine and hors d’oeuvres provided, by Gabe Finocchietti and his staff from Gabriel’s Café & Grill of Wellington. As the evening progressed, many community leaders and equestrians browsed, shopped and visited with friends. In fact, the evening had the feel of a “welcome back to town” reception, as attendees lingered and socialized with friends who they may not have seen since last season.
The official Grand Opening of the Wellington Equestrian Gallery and Mall will be on Thursday, January 22, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00p.m.
Van Dell said, “We decided to have a sneak-peak preview, tonight, so that everyone in town would know what we have here, but we will have even more artists and items in the gallery by the Grand Opening in three weeks.”
The Wellington Equestrian Gallery and Mall will soon be home to the largest selection of equestrian artwork in the South. Judging by the successful preview party, an even larger attendance is expected at the Gallery’s Grand Opening on January 22 and throughout the season.
The Wellington Equestrian Gallery and Mall is located at 13920 Wellington Trace in Wellington in the Publix Courtyard Shopping Center. For information about the Gallery or the Grand Opening event, call (561)333-3100 or visit www.wellingtonequestrianmall.com.