The grand opening of the gallery I am opening with Michael Malandra and Julie Scholz is this Saturday. We are doing a series of meet the artist interviews over at the Gallery Meraki blog. Stop by and check it out. Please add it to the blogs you regularly follow as well.
we are really excited for our grand opening bash so we can show everyone some of our new work and the gallery we have been working so hard this summer to build.
Gallery Meraki with it's high ceilings, painted brick walls and North light window makes a brilliant studio. I'm having a great time shooting in the new studio space. There are some great spaces in my building and outside around the complex for even more great portraits. We have had a great time building our gallery up from an empty old factory space.
I'm so excited for the grand opening bash this Saturday the 27th. If you are in the Hudson Valley please join us from 7-9 for Art, Music and local beers and wines. I hope you can join us.
Well here we are! One week from the launch of Gallery Meraki at the Garner Art and Industrial Center. We have taken an old factory space and turned it into a beautiful gallery and functional studio that is worthy of our three very talented artist photographers Carl Stoveland (Me), Julie Scholz and Michael Malandra. We hope to see you all at grand opening launch party on 9/27!
The space that ended up being the gallery was the first one we looked at together. It was clear pretty quickly that while dirty and in need of some paint and elbow grease this space would make a great gallery and awesome studio for both painting and photography. Northlight windows provide the option of photographing and painting by available light as well as traditional photo studio lighting.
First concept of space with moveable panel walls allowing the space to remain flexible for gallery, studio and classroom use.
It was decided early on that the purple ceilings would stay. We decided on neutral gray walls to show off our photography with black and wood furniture. From there we were off and running with the space's color scheme. It has a fantastic vibe and is a great place to show off our work!
Cleaned and painted!
Three trips to Ikea later and we had our furniture and the 'chill zone' was born where the ugly old stairs had been.
The gallery seemed gigantic when we first saw it empty. We thought we'd struggle to fill the walls with art. Now we have to get creative with ways to display all the great photography we have to show you.
Track lights installed and the old lighting taken down!
Ready for visitors!
Next up this week is we hang our photography. We all have some new work to display. In fact we probably have enough material for our first three shows! We have the launch party on Saturday, September 27th from 7 to 9. Next the gallery will be open for Artoberfest at Garner Arts on October 11 and 12. Make sure you check out Artoberfest. Many of the studios in the sprawling old factory complex will be open to the public with plenty of activities and demonstrations. The gallery has already been used as a studio 5 times for portrait sessions and on Saturday October 18th it will be used for the editing and printing portion of a fall photography workshop being run by Gallery Meraki's own Carl Stoveland and Julie Scholz. There is still space available for the workshop. if you are interested contact Carl Stoveland at 845-499-0178 or be email to firstname.lastname@example.org we are extremely proud of how the gallery has turned out, but this is only the beginning! Look for many shows, classes and events at the gallery in the months to come.
This gallery has been a labor of love for us. Creating a gallery from the ground up has been an exciting challenge and at the end of it we have an amazing place to work and show off our art. Thanks to our friends and families for all of the support and encouragement along the way. We could not have done it without you!
I was looking thru my phone today for an image of the gallery I wanted to send to a friend and found this watercolor / ink sketch I did of a Hydrangea on Cape Cod in August. I had completely forgotten I had done this. It made me smile. I have been so focused on photography and setting up the gallery that I sometimes forget I'm a painter too! It's a reminder to me to make sure I get my paints out and paint every week. It is a promise i made myself when I decided to open a gallery and studio.
I hope you find a piece of your art today and it surprises you in a good way! It's a great feeling.
Nine tracks and thirty four lights later the track lighting is up in Gallery Meraki. We have a couple small items to get, but for all intents and purposes we are ready to hang our work in the days before our grand opening bash on 9/27! It is a great feeling to have transformed this empty industrial space into our gallery and studio. I can't wait for everyone to see it.