In Thursday’s Life section I offer some picks for tonight’s ArtHop, the monthly open house of studios and galleries in the downtown and Tower District areas. Top on my list is Ramiro Martinez’s Anvil Gallery & Studio, which has just opened in Manchester Center mall — an unlikely spot for an ArtHop venue. From my story:
The gallery is the first of its kind in the shopping center, but Martinez says he doesn’t feel artistically lonely. He hopes that more galleries will follow.
“It’s a way to bring more art to a community that normally doesn’t have a lot of art around them,” he says. The artist, a familiar name at Arte AmÃ©ricas, already has noticed more daytime foot traffic at his new location, something he says invigorates his own creative process. People wander in to look at the art and watch him if he’s working on a painting.
It’s an interesting location for a new gallery, and an exciting one. Can you imagine if three or four galleries joined Martinez’s to create a nice little ArtHop destination? It could become a new unlikely hot spot.
On the jump: details about Anvil Gallery’s official opening on Saturday, plus more ArtHop images.
Bee photo / Mark Crosse
Barbara Van Arnam’s new exhibition at Gallery 25 is titled “The Daedalus Suite.”
Amy Kohl’s new exhibition, titled “Raw Expressions,” opens tonight at the Chris Sorensen Studio.
Ed Gillum’s exhibition “Testing 1 2 3″ opens tonight at Spectrum Art Gallery.
Marij Bouwmans’ “Things That Last” opens tonight at Fig Tree Gallery.