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PALESTINE, March 15, 2013— Art is popping up all over downtown in a new collaboration between the Palestine Main Street Department and local Anderson County artists. Window Galleries: An Art Experience started today, and is a free, strolling art installation.
“We have a number of ready to rent empty buildings downtown, with great display windows just crying out for use, so we decided to do Pop-up Galleries,” said Main Street Manager Laura Westgate.
Window Galleries: An Art Experience creates partnerships between artists and property owners to feature our cultural heritage of art and architecture. The space, which is available for rent or lease, is used by the artist for a free, temporary display space as a pop-up gallery. A pop-up gallery is an emerging trend for non-permanent fine art galleries, which appears for a short length of time before being replaced or changed. This rotation of galleries allows fresh art to be continually on display and highlights the building resources in the Main Street District.
Featuring eight artists in three locations, this wave of pop-up galleries will remain on display for 3-4 months depending on the space. Each artist curates and installs the exhibit in the space they were assigned.
“We have all kinds of art going in,” said Ms. Westgate, “Pastel work, oil paintings, mixed media, and even found art. Each gallery is unique to the artist and really reflects their abilities. Palestine is innovative in their marriage of art and empty spaces. This type of project is usually seen in larger cities, and to great effect.”
Pop-up Galleries locations and artists:
Organizers hope to build and expand the exhibit to include 3D and audio-visual elements. Complete information on the artist is posted in their window along with contact information, as most pieces are for sell.
For more information on the local Main Street program visit www.facebook.com/palestinemainstreet, or call 903-723-3014.
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