The downtown arts district has another artistic gem to showcase, with the opening of The Rome Art Association’s pop-up gallery.
The RAA, a non-profit organization which was founded in 1958, is hosting the 2021 Rome Regional art exhibit in an empty storefront on West Dominick Street, previously occupied by Brenda’s Natural Foods near the Capitol Theatre. A committee of volunteers has cleaned, painted and beautified the space for the exhibit that runs through July 30.
In collaboration with local building owners, the organization has been able to temporarily occupy spaces downtown that don’t have tenants. “This presence encourages interest from potential renters and allows local artists to exhibit their work in non-traditional gallery spaces,” RAA president Prescott Chrisman said.
Cash prizes will be awarded to artists selected by the esteemed show judge Amy Bartell. The general public is also encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award when attending the show.
The 2021 Rome Regional is a juried show that was open to submissions from artists living within 100 miles of the city. The organization received more than 150 pieces from artists all around Central New York. Their jury then selected just over 70 of those pieces that they felt created the strongest show.
The mediums on display are diverse, including traditional mediums such as acrylic, oil, and watercolor; graphite, pastel, and charcoal; and photography, as well as some more unique categories such as Styrofoam, wool, and reflective tape.
This exhibit truly embraces the creativity and individuality of Rome and our region as a whole,” said Prescott Chrisman. The gallery will be open every Thursday from 4-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12-3 p.m.