Truth Gallery names Paula Fullilove new directorWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Fullilove has a fresh vision for the future of Toledo’s local arts scene, and now she has a venue to make things happen. An accomplished artist, she was recently chosen as the new director of the Truth Gallery.
A native of Gary, Ind., Fullilove has called Toledo home for the past 15 years. She first gained national recognition as a doll maker, when her work was showcased HGTV’s popular “Carol Duvall Show.”
Fullilove, who works with various materials in a number of artistic mediums, is working with tree branches. It was through her artwork, that she first came to the attention of former Gallery Director Ramon Tiggs. Fullilove had a joint exhibit at the gallery with Mack Walton earlier this year.
“Like many of us, I have always felt like I was born to be an artist, though I spent many years as a homemaker just going from home to work to church; it was only after a friend suggested that I become more involved in the arts community here that I went back to my passion,” Fullilove said. “The Truth was the first place I had ever exhibited my work in a gallery setting. When Ramon first approached me about the possibility of taking over as gallery director, I have to say that I didn’t see it coming. I feel like they were really taking note of my creativity and enthusiasm. I feel like I was put in the eye of the storm.”
Since becoming actively involved in Toledo’s arts community, Fullilove has wasted no time in seeking out other experienced local artists, such as Wil Clay, Robert Shorter, Alice Grace and a host of others.
“I always hear people knocking Toledo, I really love the city, and I feel like there are opportunities here for artists. One of things I’d really like to accomplish at the Truth, is to increase gallery traffic by seeking out the fresh young talents that we have here, in fact I am currently putting out a call for aspiring artists, my aim is really to help educate and encourage our area’s young artists.”
The Truth Gallery is located in the offices of the Sojourner’s Truth newspaper at 1811 Adams St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday by appointment.
For more information, call (419) 460-1343 or visit www.thetruthtoledo.com/Gallery.html.