Jerry Points, longtime gallery owner and recently named arts advisor to the city, announced that due to health concerns he will close his Eye on Art Gallery and resign from his advisor role.
For the past four months, Points has been living with shingles. It’s affected his concentration and the pain is severe, he said. At the same time, his wife has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and underwent brain surgery. He said he’s missed a lot of time in his gallery and there are too many unknowns at this time.
“It’s been tough, very painful,” he said. “We’re going to be each other’s caretakers for a while. I’ll miss the work, but people tell me, ‘You can’t just push it like I’ve been pushing.’ I’ve taken basically everything off my plate. It’s unfortunate. I love the gallery and what I’m doing here.”
Points was named arts advisor in July, taking over a role that was previously filled in a different incarnation by gallery owner Evan Lurie.
Points made one of the priorities of his job to make the arts accessible to people in Carmel. He started the First Annual Carmel on Canvas Paint Out, which was held in July and featured artists painting landscapes all throughout the city where people could watch.
He also focused his attention on encouraging galleries to offer affordable pieces so patrons can easily own a piece of Carmel’s arts scene. As a result, he thought up the idea to make December the month for 100 Pieces under $100 through the Carmel Arts & Design District.
City Councilor Ron Carter, an avid supporter of the arts, said it’s a shame to see Points resign.
“It’s really unfortunate,” he said. “He did a great job for the city and I really hope he gets better so he can come back in some role.”
Points will close his gallery at the end of December. For more than four years, Points was the owner of Eye on Art Gallery, located at 150 W. Main St. in downtown Carmel. He’s also president of the Gallery Association and he played a key role in attracting the Hoosier Salon to relocate from Broad Ripple to Carmel.
Points said he hopes the next person to serve as arts advisor to the city will continue to focus on driving foot traffic in the Arts District.
“People always say we need more galleries,” he said. “What we really need is the diversity in galleries – not necessarily numbers, but diversity – where when you come down for a walk you want to check out all of the galleries in the area and really make an evening of it.”