There’s a new art gallery in Chatham village! The Gallery@Chatham, an extension of Gallery@Rhinebeck, will officially open to the public on Saturday, June 2. The gallery was founded by Pat D’Antonio, executive director of the Gallery@Rhinebeck, and will follow the successful model of the Rhinebeck location. This unique and innovative, nonprofit venue will feature a rotating collection from local artists. The gallery will also host community events, and serve as a platform for member-driven volunteer efforts throughout the community.
According to D’Antonio, “The Gallery@Rhinebeck has been a huge hit; the model brings tremendous value to locals and tourists. We are really excited to set up the same thing in Chatham, and in other Hudson Valley towns and villages as well in the near future. With our combination of high-end local art, community outreach initiatives, and our Hudson Valley Celebrity Series events, there’s really something for everyone to experience. We’re a nonprofit public service organization, a win for all involved. We give artists a chance to get much-deserved exposure while also giving back to the community.”
D’Antonio continued, “We were looking to expand into other parts of the Hudson Valley and hadn’t thought of going as far north as Chatham, but after meeting Melissa Pollack and some of the artists from Creative Columbia, we felt compelled to make it happen.”
Pollack, a local designer and supporter of the arts in Chatham, is a big Chatham booster, very down-to-earth, and realizes the work required to get something like this done. She agreed to join our board along with local artist Nancy Rutter.”
According to D’Antonio, Creative Columbia has also been instrumental in the Gallery@Chatham project. He shares: “Creative Columbia is kind of a social group that gets together once a month for a dinner and discussion about what’s going on with art in the area. Recently, Carl Berg, a local photographer, spoke up and told everyone that there was a great gallery space in Chatham coming on the market. He said something to the affect that the group should take the lease and form their own gallery. Another member of Creative Columbia, Gerard Seligman, who is also a member of gallery@rhinebeck, responded by saying, ‘I know the guy to call.’”
I stopped by Gallery@Chatham for an early look at some of the artists’ works on display. To see the full list of Current Artists, visit GalleryChatham.org/pages/artists
Grand Opening – Saturday, June 2 2018, at 5:30pm
Mon, Tues, Wednesday: By Appointment Only
Thursday: 1pm-7pm, Friday: 1pm-8pm
34 Main Street
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