If you missed December’s Downtown Arts District Third Thursday Gallery Hop (and sadly, I did, because I was out of town), you missed the debut of a new tenant at the City Arts Factory.
Redefine, a “pop-up” gallery that’ll feature urban-influenced art, opened on Dec. 16 with Walkman Muse, a solo show featuring the work of B-Side artist Swamburger. The gallery is being run by another B-Side artist, Peter Van Flores III.
According to Shanon Larimer, executive director of the Downtown Arts District (who just announced his resignation last week), Redefine represents the City Arts Factory’s attempts to be more attractive to local artists and small businesses by offering short-term leases to those willing to meet particular requirements – agreeing to host new art shows and receptions every month, for instance.
In November, City Arts Factory also saw the opening of the James Floral Gallery, a retail shop and gallery, and the Lumiere studio, a 1,000-square-foot photography open studio equipped with professional lighting, backdrops and monitors that’s available for rent to the public. Anyone can play photographer as long as they can cough up a $50 per hour fee ($75 after 6 p.m. and on weekends).
We just learned this week that UCF’s Flying Horse Editions, a fine art printmaking studio located downtown at the school’s Center for Emerging Media (and subject of our Nov. 18 arts feature “Working the press”), will host the first Impressions Orlando print fair Feb. 4-6, 2011. The fair will feature demonstrations and workshops at the Flying Horse studios that’ll demystify printmaking for the public. Flying Horse will bring in a handful of New York City-based big names in the fine-art printmaking world to offer demonstrations and talks. The list includes One Eye Pug, a publishing company founded by Sue Scott, former adjunct curator of contemporary art for the Orlando Museum of Art; Forth Estate Publishing, a publishing house specializing in emerging artists working in both traditional and modern printmaking; and Michael Steinberg Fine Art, a gallery that focuses on showing living artists working with “cutting edge” trends and tools. The part that sounds most intriguing, though, is that Flying Horse will also be bringing in people from the New York-based Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a massive print-making co-op that gives any artist who wants to join low-cost access to all sorts of printmaking tools: intaglio presses, lithography, digital printmaking, you name it. For those who can’t tell their mezzotints from their monotypes, Robert Blackburn hosts classes on all manner of printmaking techniques. Anyway, it sounds like the Impressions Orlando fair will be well worth attending – especially considering all this good stuff is being offered for free.