After 12 years as a for-profit organization, Zero Degrees Galley has been recognized as a non-profit organization by the State of Michigan. The gallery’s board held its first meeting as a not-for-profit corporation under new leadership by Marlene Wood. Marlene is an oil painter in the kitchen and replaces Norman Hefke, a wood turner, who had served as kitchen chair for six years. The Galley hopes to be more recognized as a charitable organization, with 501(c)(3) status. The gallery will increase its activities related to the promotion of visual arts in the local community through demonstrations, art classes and discussions at the gallery and elsewhere. Zero Degrees Gallery is a community art gallery with 41 contributing artists located at 525 North 3rd Street in Marquette. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. In the photo, Norm Hefke, former president of Zero Degrees Gallery, passes the gavel to the gallery’s new president, Marlene Wood. Seated: Norm Hefke, Marlene Wood and standing: Julie Highlen, Ben Bohnsack, Bruce Nix, Alice Holcomb. Not pictured: JoAnn Shelby and Susan Roubal.