The Spilsbury Gallery, on the second floor of the MacFeely Building, directly above the theater, exhibits artwork by members throughout the year. In June and December this gallery, along with the first-floor galleries, exhibits work in the annual Members’ Shows. In other months, when the first-floor galleries exhibit work selected from the annual Call to Entries, the Spilsbury continues to exhibit members’ art work.
All members in good standing are eligible to submit work to the Spilsbury exhibits. The number and size of works exhibited depends on space and the number of works submitted, but all Arts Club members have an opportunity to exhibit at least one work, and usually more, in the gallery’s shows.
The monthly opening receptions of the Club’s exhibitions offer an opportunity for member artists to discuss their work with each other and the public. All works in the Spilsbury exhibits are offered for sale.
Each Spilsbury exhibit highlights two Featured Artists, whose works occupy the walls containing the mantels in each of the gallery’s two parlors. Members choosing to be Featured Artists select their exhibit months according to a numbers’ drawing coinciding with take-in for the June
Members’ Show of the previous year.
About the MacFeely House
The MacFeely House (2015 I Street) is recorded to have been owned by Charles Thomas until 1879, although Boyd’s Directory lists Brigadier General Robert MacFeely as residing at 2015 I Street from 1876 to his death in 1901. MacFeely probably owned the house by 1881, as there are building permits in his name for repairs to the house.