Member-owned visual arts collective tests the waters with assistance from established arts center
Three local artists are joining forces to establish Good Friday Gallery, a new model for the visual arts in San Diego inspired by silicon valley start up incubators. The artists Jeremy McLaurin, Tony Becker and Lisa Kline Simon plan to take a different approach to the way art is fostered, merchandised and presented. The floor plan of the gallery will be divided into three open spaces that will allow for creation, exhibition and commerce.
Utilizing their diverse backgrounds, the founders will make themselves available to other artists and makers who are interested in hands-on learning and collaboration. Their collective mission is to empower and inspire creatives through classes, workshops and sharing of resources. The space will open in May at 3758 30th Street in a storefront space operated by The Studio Door, which is on the same block as Art Academy of San Diego and Visual, art supply store.
“Its fortuitous that we were able to work with The Studio Door on getting Good Friday Gallery up and running. In February, the three of us exhibited together at HYPE at The Studio Door and realized our own passion to create an arts approach similar to a silicon valley start-up incubator,” said founder Jeremy McLaurin. “For the next few months, we will be working alongside of The Studio Door in the exact same space that we exhibited in. It’s a great place to get things started, work out the kinks and create a space for artists to come together to explore the possibilities.”
Patric Stillman, owner of The Studio Door, expressed his excitement for the start up. “With my own focus on business and marketing classes for visual artists, I always envisioned The Studio Door as an arts incubator. I am happy that I am able to help Good Friday Gallery find its foundation by utilizing one of our storefronts. Looking forward to being next door neighbors. The more people engage in the arts, the better it is for everyone.”
An opening reception is planned for Saturday, May 12th in conjunction with the SDCCU North Park Festival of the Arts as well as a second reception on May 19th from 6 – 9 PM in conjunction with The Studio Door’s artist reception for a special edition of 3•UP featuring Eleanor Bell, Czarina Scolari-Ortiz and Benjamin Dehart.
More details will be available in the coming weeks on Instagram and Facebook at @GoodFridaySD.