Gallery rein­vig­o­rates empty shop

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

A store in prime po­si­tion on York St is no longer sit­ting empty as the Make A Scene Artists Col­lec­tive turned it into their lat­est project.

The York St Project pop-up gallery is the 11th ex­hi­bi­tion for the group of emerg­ing artists, pas­sion­ate about turn­ing empty spa­ces into vi­brant gal­leries.

Project co-co­or­di­na­tor Me­leah Far­rell said the build­ing has been empty for the past 18 months and the owner was sup­port­ive about the idea. “He ac­tu­ally sought us out after hav­ing seen other Make A Scene’s pop-up projects and how we have rein­vig­o­rated un­used spa­ces,” he said.

“We have had more than 500 peo­ple through on our open­ing week­end, ce­ment­ing for us that peo­ple pre­fer to shop lo­cally and sup­port lo­cal busi­ness.

“We hope that such dy­namic space re­de­vel­op­ments will have an on­go­ing rip­ple ef­fect across our city, re­vi­tal­is­ing our main streets by cre­at­ing clus­ters and pock­ets of in­ter­est­ing new things for both our com­mu­nity and tourists to en­joy.”

The artists joined to­gether to clean and re­paint the space and opened the doors to The York Street Project last Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15.

Six­teen lo­cal artists in­clud­ing Chrissie Gre­gory, Mea­gan Gar­diner, Maria Cool, Becky Mitchell, Lana Moss, Ta­nia Porter and An­nie John­son will fea­ture their works.

Me­dia will range from tex­tiles and pho­tog­ra­phy to paint­ings, ar­ti­san soaps, macrame, ce­ram­ics, jew­ellery, glass art and origami.

The project is open six days a week un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, at 186 York Street.

The gallery is open un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13 .

Items avail­able at the pop-up gallery.

The store has be­come an art hub.

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