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By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2018 (Ramona) – You’re invited to meet artists, art teachers, furniture artisans and celebrate the life of the late, great artist Helen Petre  on Friday, March 2 from 6-8 p.m. at the 2Create Gallery, 438 Main Street in Ramona.  The event is the first of a series of “First Friday” art events that the gallery plans to host, each featuring art, music and refreshments.

Helen Petre was a colorful and acclaimed artist who lived in Julian and continued creating works of art well into her nineties. Known for her stylish hats and fashionable clothing that she designed herself, during her long and productive life she became a prolific artist excelling in collage, monoprinting, mixed media and bookarts. 

She was active in Julian and Borrego Springs arts guilds, affiliated with Ramona arts groups, 2Create Gallery, San Diego Book Arts, North County and San Diego Printmakers and the Escondido Arts Partnership.  Her work is in private collections internationally and her works were honored with many awards.  Petre died November 23, 2017, on her 96th birthday.

“She was one of 2Create Gallery’s artists until her death and attended all the openings until she became unable to drive the last year of her life,” recalls gallery owner Molly Jaeger-Begent. “She would come in like an energized bunny dressed to the hilt and engaged everyone in amazing conversations.  She will be missed!”

There will be a 10 percent discount on any art or furniture purchased during the event, which is sponsored by the 2Create Gallery, The Art Center of Ramona, and Michael E. Clack Restoration.

Located at 438 Main Street in Ramona’s historic downtown district, the 2Create Gallery is a nonprofit with a mission to make quality arts available and accessible to the community; to support the community's broad economic, educational and social goals through the arts; to provide support for all levels of the arts community; and to present effective programs that add to the community's creative spirit.

Learn more about 2Create Gallery at www.2CreateGallery.com.