The Citadelle Art Foundation
This old Canadian landmark was built in 1910 as the First Baptist Church. In 1977, the Abraham family purchased the building and converted it into their family residence. After 30 years of serving as their home, the Abrahams have now donated the mansion, the art, and the gardens as a public art museum, known as The Citadelle Art Foundation, to help share their blessings with generations to come. The Building World-Class museums don't happen overnight; they emerge. They evolve like "cream rising to the top." Usually they are the combination of a lifetime of gathering, building, selecting, choosing, and perhaps "being in the right place at the right time." This is what has created The Citadelle in Canadian, Texas. It has been a combination of creativity, the ability to make instant decisions, the keeping of one's "ear to the ground" and decades of searching for "pick of the show." No "also rans" have ever been admitted to the collection. Although Malouf & Therese Abraham fly in the cheap seats on the airplane and drive old cars, they have spent over forty years in a passionate search for objects that represent human effort in its finest moments, objects that clearly were inspired. Being "pretty" is not enough to get in to this collection. Malouf & Therese have viewed this exciting journey as "spending money and growing richer." It has been a joy for them to put the house, the gardens, and the collection together. They say it's been a dream come true to live in its presence and to be continually surrounded by such beauty. The time has come to turn the page and begin the next chapter. Our Earthly lives are transient. Night cometh. Rather than having a three-day auction in New York City, the Abrahams want to keep the collection together at The Citadelle and establish it as a place where future generations can come to be inspired and find themselves surrounded by extraordinary beauty and peacefulness. Then, as they leave, perhaps they will have been somehow changed. The Gallery The Iris & Oofie Abraham Gallery at The Citadelle (The Gallery) is a beautiful multi-purpose space designed by Dr. Malouf Abraham, Jr. and built in 2009. This 1,400 square foot space is home to several temporary exhibitions each year. It has showcased many big names in art including Mary Cassatt, J.C. Leyendecker, Marc Chagall, and many more. The Gallery is also available for meetings, parties, and other events, and provides an alternative venue for outdoor events in case of inclement weather conditions. It's the perfect place to host your next event. Whether it be a daytime P.E.O. luncheon, or an evening meal for company executives, The Gallery will most certainly impress your guests. There is seating for approximately 200 people, and white garden chairs along with 60" round tables are included in the rental. White table linens are available for a nominal cleaning fee. Contact our event coordinator to discuss scheduling a tour and to book an event at 806.323.8899.
What makes this business unique? A world class art exhibit in a great small town!