Hubbard Awarded Morton MicroGrant

Friday, October 26, 2012

Morton, IL - Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced that Rose Hubbard, Morton Resident and Artist, is the second recipient of the Morton MicroGrant. Her new business, Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery, will open this month in a beautiful brick house on Jefferson Street in Downtown Morton. “Rose is adding another unique, retail element to our downtown district,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC. “The Morton MicroGrant committee was unanimous in their support of her plan. Rose will receive $1,000 to help her purchase the special lighting needed for the new gallery space.”

Rose Hubbard, a longtime Morton resident, began painting when she was just a child. “My mother was an artist and I remember watching her draw and paint,” said Hubbard. She got serious about her talent when she was in her early 20s and started showing her work at local art fairs. “I sold my first painting to my neighbor,” she laughed.

Hubbard has been specializing in landscape paintings now for 40 years. Several years ago, she began selling her oil paintings at a gallery in Door County, Wisconsin. Her success there helped her decide to open her own gallery in Morton. “I’m from Morton and my family lives in Morton,” said Hubbard. “I wouldn’t consider doing this any other place.”

The new Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery will feature Hubbard’s oil paintings along with items from several other artists. “To begin I will have handmade pottery, jewelry, and water colors from three other artists,” said Hubbard. She also plans to offer art classes in the future.

Hubbard is hoping to open the gallery by the end of November. Her husband Rich has been working endlessly to help her get ready. Gallery hours will be Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and also by appointment. For more information about the Jefferson Street Studio & Gallery, please contact Rose Hubbard at 309-696-9015.

The Morton MicroGrant is a special fund created by the Morton Economic Development Council to encourage small business development and job creation for Morton. The Morton MicroGrant fund is made possible through a contribution by Morton Community Bank.

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