First, a quick update.
For those of you who did not know, in August 2011, our original founder, corvus-sky, left a few of us in charge of Gallery42 while she spent time trying to get her personal life back on track. As co-founders began to disappear, three of us stayed true, keeping the group going for corvus-sky. She has never been able to return. She had been in contact with me by email off and on for a while, still struggling, hoping her life would change and she would once again be a regular at dA, but it wasn't happening. Then in July of 2012, she asked me to take the group; but, she left without giving me Founder controls, and although I've written to her twice, I've yet to hear from her again.
Since then, I've lost Elle-Arden as a co-founder helping accept all submissions for all themes except for photography; and more recently, my photography co-founder, dark4Maxine, had to cut back on her online time.
That basically leaves just me.
During that long period between corvus-sky and myself taking the lead, deviants forgot they were members of Gallery42.
Even though the group is constantly picking up new deviants, for one with nearly 3,000 members, we're just bobbing on the surface of the ocean that is the deviantArt community. What was once a thriving exciting place to be, is now just a shell of what it could be.
I was going to keep the group going, but, now that I've sat here and read what I just wrote, I have to ask myself, why? Is this group really worth holding on to?
I'm sitting here shaking my head.
Over the years, at dA, I brought ManipulateThis from being a club art account to Super Group, and picked up HumanConditions as Founder. I started my own group, artistsofcolor, and I most recently kept Untold-Possibilities from being closed. I assist in some sort of capacity as co-founder at AlteredMixedCollages, Castle-of-Cards, and CRPhotomanipulation, and I'm a staff/contributor at fella, and iManipulate.
Do I really need to hang in there with Gallery42?
I've always loved the idea behind Gallery42. It was never meant to be a group that accepted anything just because it had been submitted, but it has never been an elitist group, either.
I hate to say this, but it's time to let it go.
Founded May 5, 2010 Closed July 28, 2013
Everyone, all current members, or you deviants who just wandered in to take a look, you're invited to join me at any of the groups where I am a founder, co-founder or just a lowly contributor. All of the groups I mentioned above are theme groups. Check them out and see if they suit your fancy. Believe me, with all of the talent you've shown here, you'll easily be accepted there.