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Art Creates Community

This is a core belief at Front Porch Gallery, and the foundation of our mission to engage the creativity of individuals in order to strengthen wellbeing and communities. We are a non-profit, community resource dedicated to creating vibrant, vital communities through art.

We believe everyone has a story to share. And stories told through art are not only compelling, but profoundly important to our individual wellbeing. Understanding and connecting with this expression are at the very heart of what we know community to be. Individual creativity at all ages is available to anyone interested and willing to learn. Front Porch Gallery reveals these stories through innovative programs for Front Porch residents and exhibitions showcasing artwork from a variety of senior artists and others whose stories come to life through paintings, photography, sculpture, fiber arts, and more. This professional venue helps create an understanding of aging through art, in a place where Front Porch residents and the greater community can come together to share creative expression throughout the year. The gallery collaborates with individual artists and innovative organizations to produce unique exhibits, themed shows, juried exhibits and professional invitationals that celebrate the creative endeavors and full range of artistic expression at every level of experience.


Believing in the power of art and its ability to create wellbeing has led to partnering with non-profit organizations, such as those offering therapeutic art programs for adults with developmental disabilities, cancer patients and caregivers and others contributing to our resident workshops. Some of the organizations include:

TERI, Inc.
Sophie’s Gallery
San Diego Cancer Research Institute
San Diego Book Arts
Women's Woven Voices      

The gallery is an outreach program of Front Porch.


Photo to come soon . . .

KATIE WADE / Senior Director of Creative Engagement

Katie Wade, MEd, is driven by a deep passion for ensuring people of all ages have access to innovative creative avenues for self-expression and connection. Her career path began as a mental health therapist in diverse settings, working with older people, caregivers, and college students. With a lifelong commitment to the arts, she is now the Senior Director of Creative Engagement at Front Porch, providing leadership and strategic guidance for community-based programs empowering elders and adults with disabilities.



CATHY CAREY / Gallery Director

Cathy Carey is an artist with experience in producing arts programming for a nonprofit arts organization as the President and Executive Director. She created exhibition opportunities in the visual and spoken arts and designed inclusive art workshops for creative expression that engage the participants.  "Throughout my career I have been dedicated to building collaborative relationships between creative communities and engaging the public to promote deeper understanding of ourselves and our world through the experience of creative work.” She is a professional exhibiting artist and her paintings are represented in galleries across the country: Santa Fe and Taos NM, Scottsdale and Tucson AZ. 


BOB COLETTI / Gallery Associate

With a solid background in commercial photography, graphic design, web design and marketing, Bob handles all graphic design projects, website, exhibit installations and social media. His 50 plus years of experience and passion for the arts coupled with an ability to communicate effectively is sure to inspire creativity and a greater appreciation of art in others.
As a photo illustrator, his work has been shown in galleries from coast to coast, including Boston, New York, Santa Fe and San Diego.
Bob has been with the gallery since  2018.



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