Our gallery offers fine art and high quality gifts made by local and regional artists. We also offer beading supplies, and a vintage collectibles boutique.
We currently represent 51 artists and are searching for more. Come by or contact us if you are interested in being a part of our gallery.
Our desire is to strengthen our local economy by giving our local and regional artists an outlet to display, promote, and sell their work. We seek to make the atmosphere at The Dancing Elephant Gallery positive, uplifting, and encouraging; a place that works with other galleries and artists instead of competing against them. Strength is found in working together, and that is what we seek to do to help our artists grow and be successful.
The Dancing Elephant Gallery opened in 2012, by the mother-daughter team of Marilyn Sutton and Amy VanGaasbeck. Marilyn is a reborn baby doll artist, composition dollmaker and restorer, and seamstress. Amy is a fine art major at Academy of Art University, and is a painter and sculptor.
The name for the gallery is inspired by Marilyn's daughter and Amy's older sister, Cathy Rodli. Cathy was a ballet dancer and elephant collector, faithful wife, loving mother, and wonderful daughter, sister, and best friend. Cathy was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. One day, as Cathy was recovering from a major surgery, she and Amy were talking about Amy's desire to have a gallery. Cathy knew that she was not going to be able to go back to work as a pharmacy technician, and she asked Amy if she could be part of her gallery. Sadly, after a tough battle, Cathy passed away a few months later and was never able to see the gallery realized. The Dancing Elephant Gallery was named in her honor and in her memory, so she will always be a part of the gallery.