October 15, 2019 —Granville, Ohio (Sept. 19, 2019) — Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, at a gala event surrounded by a standing-room-only crowd of family, residents, professional colleagues and friends, Kendal at Granville founder Jane Heller accepted a plaque dedicating the Jane Heller Art Gallery. While accepting the honor, Jane thanked the Gallery Committee and asked those present to remember the contributions of the late Dee Richards, her friend and co-founder of Kendal at Granville.
A professional artist for more than 40 years, Jane has exhibited her work throughout Ohio, including at invitational art exhibitions at Capital University, Denison University and the Columbus Cultural Art Center. In the early years of Kendal at Granville’s existence, Jane arranged for artwork to be hung in one of its main corridors, and she managed the gallery space solo.
Eventually, a committee was formed to help with the myriad tasks required to present a fresh art exhibit every two months: selecting artists, contacting them about show requirements, hanging the art, holding a reception and much more.
The idea of dedicating the art exhibit space in Jane’s honor was first suggested by Kendal at Granville resident Wanda Quay. She was a childhood friend and classmate of Heller’s in their hometown of Bowling Green, Ohio, from kindergarten through their senior year in high school. Quay proposed the dedication to the gallery committee, which then presented the concept to the Kendal at Granville Residents Association Council, where it was enthusiastically received.
Quay had the plaque inscribed to read, “The Jane Heller Art Gallery. It was her vision, talent, and dedication that transformed bare walls into an art oasis.” Larry Murdock, a member of the Gallery Committee and the incoming president of the Residents Association, made the presentation.
The Jane Heller Art Gallery, located in the corridor that runs between Kendal at Granville’s fitness center and the main dining room, is open to the public. Adjacent to the art gallery, there is also a wooden display cabinet built by a former resident, which also rotates exhibits every other month (alternating with the gallery changes) and features three-dimensional resident collections or artwork on far-reaching subjects, including travel, other cultures and hobbies.