Monday, January 18, 2010

CHANGES: Lazy Pear in Montpelier closes

By Janet Van Fleet

Rob Hitzig and Mary Jo Krolewski -- owners and operators of the Lazy Pear Gallery -- have been a busy and creative presence in the last four years, turning up often at receptions and openings of other galleries, establishing the First Friday Gallery Walk in Montpelier, and also the annual Sculptcycle event in conjunction with Montpelier Alive. Their gallery has exhibited and promoted many interesting and "quirky" artists, providing a breath of fresh air to those who are looking for contemporary art in Vermont. At the end of December, the Lazy Pear sent out the following notice to their email list:

We need to take this opportunity to let you know that we will be closing the gallery on January 10. After four years in Montpelier, we have decided that it makes more sense to concentrate on creating and promoting our own work than running a gallery in which we need to divert a lot of resources to other artists.

As we focus more on our own art, we will occasionally (2 to 3 times per year) write newsletters to let supporters know what we are doing. If you would like to be added to the email list of either of our newsletters, please let us know. In addition, you can continue to follow Robert Hitzig's work through his website,, and his blog, Mary Jo Krolewski will also be developing a food art/recipe blog and will notify interested individuals of its development through her newsletter. We will also be maintaining the gallery for display of our own work which visitors will be welcome to visit by chance or appointment. Feel free to look for Rob in his studio/workshop behind the gallery.

Last night we held a party for gallery artists and supporters at the Lazy Pear, to give folks a chance to say a heartfelt Thank You to Rob and Mary Jo. We ate a potluck meal together and drank a champagne toast. There were tears, laughter, and many wishes for good luck as they continue their journey as solo artists.

Photo by Mary Admasian