It’s a very exciting time for all of us here at the Gallery, what with the renovations well underway, and our last exhibition for the year in the rearview mirror. When next you see us, and visit our spaces, you’ll be greeted with a whole new J. Ferrari Gallery! We’re still finalizing the date and logistics of our Grand (Re)Opening, but here’s a little taste of what you can look forward to!
A much more accessible space: we’ve completely re-designed our entries and floor plans to make the whole facility more easy to navigate for patrons who use wheelchairs or other props, and for those with vision or hearing impairments. We can’t wait for you to see the brand new elevator, or our much-improved audio description system! After lots of consultation with local advocates, we’re super excited to have a space that really feels like it’s there for everyone!
New paintwork: It’s a lot less of a process than our accessibility upgrades, but the fresh coat of paint in the gallery spaces, studios, and offices made a world of difference.
New black box space downstairs: we’ve been trying for the past few years to find a workable solution for hosting live performances of dance, drama and music. After countless attempts to “make do” with the galleries, working around exhibitions and acoustic challenges, we’ve finally made one of our dreams come true: we now have an actual, dedicated performance space! After clever rearranging of the office and studio spaces on the third floor, we freed up a large section of the basement to be converted into a black box theatre! We made acoustic improvements to the walls and ceiling, re-surfaced the floor, and brought in flexible seating and risers so that we can host all sorts of performances and multimedia installations.
New format for upstairs: most patrons don’t venture all the way upstairs to where our office spaces and studio/maker’s spaces are found, but we’d love you to take a tour during our first week of being open! We’re excited to give folks behind the scenes glances of the reality of a working gallery and art center.
We’re pulling out all the stops for an “art hop” re-opening:
Date/time decisions are still TBA, but we’re currently making all the plans for our massive opening shebang when renovations are officially finished. Here’s what you can expect on the day/night:
live music(!): we’ll be opening the black box in style with some of our favorite local artists
food: Yes, food! We’re going to have lots of eats on site thanks to our sponsoring restaurants, and there will be food trucks along the street out in front of the Gallery.
kids activities: we want this gallery to always be a family-friendly zone, so we’ll be opening up some spaces upstairs for creative activities led by some of our educators
We can’t wait to see you in our new guise! Check back for more details, and don’t forget to find us on FB for more updates. In the meantime, we’ve put together some tips for improving your home practice including our artistic staff’s favorite office chairs, decor tips, and more!