Happy New Year!
A humongous thanks to all the artists, curators, writers, photographers, interns, sponsors, patrons, followers, family and friends that have helped Ground Floor Gallery + Studios continue to grow and thrive!
It has been an incredible year as we decided to move in the middle of 2014 to add more gallery space and provide more studios in a year-round, climate-friendly environment; however the Chestnut building and spirit will forever be in our blood.
So this is a good time to announce and kindly ask for you to help me welcome all the new artists—Shana Kohnstamm, fiber artist; Desiré Hough, painting and mixed media sculpture; Morgan Higby-Flowers, new media artist and Professor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; Anna Merrill, ceramicist; and Zachary Gray, fashion and music photographer. Look for future posts on their upcoming events.
We’ve also had some terrific solo and group shows this past year:
GfG closed its original location with our 2nd annual juried exhibition’s ‘Best of Show’—Jake Weigal’s Meet of the Matter, where quantum physics was paired with balance and graphite.
Utopia by Culture Laboratory Collective made the new gallery come to life with their group installation, a fitting name for the first show, however an unintentional coincidence as they were going to exhibit with us before we moved. Ryder Richards, a founding member of the collective, installed the show (with help from Brian Jobe and Ian F. Thomas) and gets a special thank you because of his Redaction of Labor II project on our gallery wall which is now sheetrock and no longer solid block, and hides a “Home Depot Orange” painting, by him. Click here to see his video. All the artists’ in this group are top-notch and I hope to show them again.
Our very own studio artist, Heidi Martin Kuster, exhibited Rock, Paper, Plastic—asking us all to consider our past, present and future lives’ parallel to the solid yet ever-changing material world.
A.I.R. Gallery’s traveling show—Refreshed—was where NY and national artists showed side-by-side for the first time in history documenting multi-cultural and generational artistic similarities and differences, while advocating for women in the arts.
Plus, our newest intern Evelyn Walker put on a fantastically inventive, audio, musical and performance-based show about identity and the classification of objects called Impulse: Playing House as a Blank Artist.
Currently on display through January 30th is our 3rd annual juried exhibition—The Artist’s Alphabet, which displays regional and national established artists’ growing wheelhouses and is curated by local artist Jodi Hays. This show is sure to give us another amazing solo exhibition later in 2015 by David Willburn!
Thanks again for all your love and support,
Janet Decker Yanez