Lyndsay is known as Jackson’s most influential person in the arts scene. Her undimmed passion has enriched us for a decade and a half, beginning with her years at the Martin Harris Gallery. As Kate Balog noted, Lyndsay has “…brought dialogue, philosophy, social commentary… and contemporary artists to the small mountain town known for its traditional Western art, and helped pave the way for the newer art venues.”
Lyndsay simultaneously honors our region’s rich art history, a history grounded in parks conservation, and pushes boundaries to discover and promote all manner of contemporary art.
She has overturned our traditional concept of art galleries by turning hers into a welcoming ‘home’ for countless worthy initiatives. Her energy and commitment are unmatched. Through her exhibits and events Lyndsay provides venues for women’s initiatives, conservation, Latino resources, children and more. Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary Gallery does so much more than support the arts; there are few concepts Lyndsay won’t consider. Artists are activists, and Lyndsay’s personal brand of activism furthers and supports our ever-diversifying arts community.
To walk into Lyndsay McCandless Contemporary is to enter a place of wonder. Through Lyndsay’s efforts we all have the opportunity to learn not only about art, but also about the ties that bind us as a community, and about our role as passengers on the boat, Planet Earth.
Tammy Christel, July 2008