Roy is coming. For one evening, Friday, June 17, the Roy G Biv Nonprofit Gallery for Emerging Arts will be forgoing its Short North home and setting up shop in Clintonville.
Roy is coming.
For one evening, Friday, June 17, the Roy G Biv Nonprofit Gallery for Emerging Arts will be forgoing its Short North home and setting up shop in Clintonville.
"Roy Goes to Clintonville," which will run from 7 to 10 p.m., at The Gangway, 3341 N. High St., is a combination exhibition and fundraiser for the gallery, which is located at 997 N. High St.
Holding fundraisers to support the nonprofit operation isn't all that unusual, according to board of trustees president Diana Matuszak.
Holding one in Clintonville is.
"Usually we have had these a little closer to home, in the downtown area or the Arena district," Matuszak said. "This is our first time going out of our comfort zone. We're excited."
"Founded in 1989, Roy G Biv (the letters are the color of the rainbow in order, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet) has shown the work of hundreds of artists and is known for presenting excellent, challenging work by artists from around the country with an emphasis on Ohio artists," according to the gallery's website. "Roy G Biv's mission is to support vibrant, emerging artists by presenting exhibitions that increase the public's awareness of the artists' work while enhancing the cultural diversity of central Ohio. Roy G Biv nurtures artists who choose to live and work in Ohio and who might not otherwise be able to find a venue to exhibit their work. An artist who exhibits at Roy G Biv receives educational feedback and constructive criticism from jurors, the public, his peers and, often, the press. The artist's work is offered for sale with a gallery commission lower than that of commercial galleries. Inclusion in a Roy G Biv exhibition is often the opportunity that an emerging artist needs to make the step up to gain commercial gallery representation."
"I am thrilled to host such a great event," The Gangway owner Stephanie Bair-Garant wrote in an e-mail.
"Anchored between a photography studio and a skateboard shop, what used to be a walkway between two buildings has often been referred to by neighbors as the world's smallest retail space," according to the website of The Gangway.
"It's a sweet little space," Matuszak said.
But just a little crowded, she added, for showing the works of 22 artists in celebration of the gallery's 22nd year of existence.
That's why the photo studio's workshop space, a nearby driveway and a patio area in the rear will be used for Roy Goes to Clintonville.
All works in the exhibition, featuring painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, glass, sculpture and photography, will be on sale for $175, according to the gallery's board president. Collectors and supporters will be allowed "first dibs" from 7 to 8 p.m. while "second dibs," from 8 o'clock on, will be open to the general public.
Music, food, raffles, a silent auction and "surprises" are promised in the poster for the event.
"New ideas and new voices are what keeps the art community vital and exciting, and keeps also what is happening fresh feeling," Matuszak said. "We are really proud of what we can do for our artists with prime High Street space and a nice glass storefront, but we're hoping we can kind of encourage other places, other businesses to do the same to have extra visibility in the community."
The Gangway is owned by an artist, photographer Bair-Garant, who supports other artists, Matuszak added.
"It just seemed like a good fit," she said.
Sponsors for the evening are The Gangway; Fulcrum Creatives print, design and web support services; Small Business Beanstalk; Zauber Brewing, a new local microbrew; and Shout Out Loud, local screen printers.
"We are also currently working with numerous local restaurants to provide appetizers for the evening, in addition to the variety of local businesses that will be providing raffle items," Matuszak wrote in an e-mail.
Roy G Biv also receives grant support from the Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Greater Columbus Arts Council for the annual exhibition seasons.