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Local Arts Coalition to
Host Pop-Up Gallery

The Long Islander
June 2015, By Carina Livoti
clivoti@longislandergroup.com

Most of us have heard of pop-up shops and restaurants--shops that open, sometimes only for a day or an evening, in a temporary location--but what about a pop-up art gallery?

The Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) has teamed up with Firefly Art Gallery to create "Npt Pop-Up Gallery," a weekend art show and sale at 77 Main St. in Northport happening at least for the month of June, at a minimum.

"We could put it all up and 30 days later take it all down, but if [the space is] not rented by a certain date, we're promised another month," Jennifer Lau, owner of Firefly Gallery, said.

The space was formerly occupied by Interior Views Studio, an interior design and furniture reupholstery business. When owners retired, landlord Dennis Tannenbaum found himself with an empty building and an opportunity.

Tannenbaum had worked with the NAC in the past and knew Executive Director and former Executive Director Daniel and Lauren Paige. Faced with the empty storefront, he asked Lauren if she wanted to use the space until he found a tenant.

"We don't have a gallery, we don't have a place to show our artists. This [seemed like] a great opportunity for our artists to hang their work and possibly sell it," Daniel Paige said.

They took Tannenbaum up on his offer and began planning. It was then that they brought in Firefly.

"We've been friends with the NAC and involved in art walks and other events in town, so they came to us when they had the idea because we had the infrastructure to run the gallery," Lau said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firefly agreed to duplicate their system and run the gallery, which will also include a space for some of their artists to hang work, Lau said.

"They've offered space to our artists; there's seven full-time artists that are housed here. It will give us an opportunity, and we're picturing it as a kind of billboard for us," she added.

The Firefly Gallery is further up the street, at 180 Main St. Lau said she hoped having a presence closer to the water would encourage people to come up to their gallery.

"It's happening really quickly; it's been a few weeks [since we began]…We put out a call via email and within 48 hours I had like 20 artists that said they wanted to participate," Paige said.

Npt Pop-Up's tentative hours this June will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. The gallery is hosting an opening event on June 13 from 6-9 p.m. Lau hopes that even if the 77 Main Street space gets rented, another will open up.

"We thought, let's brand it and set it all up, and if another space opens up in town and a landlord offers it to us, we'll be ready," Lau said.

More info at nptpopup.gallery.