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Get ready Second Saturday, there’s a new gallery in town.
Bridge to Art, KLSC Studio and AIM HIGHER are coming together on Second Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of a 10,000-square-foot collaborative gallery, the “U20 Artist Studio Club”.
“With this particular location at U and 20 streets, you can truly have it all: great artworks in huge spaces, free parking, very good restaurants, easy freeway access and no mobbed congestion feeling. We call it a breathable fine art experience,” said Kevin Santos-Coy of KLSC Studio.
The daylong celebration will feature live music, art from children's group "KidzArt" and more than 200 original landscape, abstract, figurative and architecture paintings.
To raise money for breast cancer awareness, an artist will be creating a cast sculpture of a model that will later be donated. Glass, turned wood, and already-created body casts will also be on display.
The music will span the genres, with a lineup including Todd Morgan and The Emblems (Swing and Bebop), Luanne Trainor (harp), AIM Higher Jazz Ensemble, DJ Casper K and others.
AIM HIGHER, a service provider to adults with disabilities, offers fine arts classes by art professors. Works created by some of AIM’s clients will be displayed on Saturday.
The studio club is part of the larger “Expanding Sphere Project,” (ESP) which Santos-Coy describes as “ a concept designed to begin the process of identifying walkable microcosms outside the epicenter of Second Saturday art locations.”
Bridge to Art regularly partners with art-oriented individuals, groups and organizations to raise money for the arts, educate and help promote local artists.
When the owner of the building, which previously housed a dance studio, learned of Bridge to Art’s mission from Santos-Coy, she proposed collaborating on a project that’s art-oriented and benefits the community. From that collaboration, ESP and U20 were created.
Santos-Coy hopes to continue expanding the sphere of art beyond just Midtown with future ESP events.
One of the project’s goals is to encourage attendees to make more regional art tours beyond Midtown.
The project also will focus on developing the area around U20 as well as bridging relationships with the art community in the five blocks surrounding the space. This includes Verge Artist Collective, Gale Hart Studio, Mickey Abbey Stained Glass and others.
Two hundred to 300 people are expected to view the studio throughout the celebration.
“The most exciting part of opening exhibition night is seeing the community gather and sometimes overhearing the intelligent conversations that the arts evoke, often between people whom have never met before,” Santos-Coy said.
In addition to art and music, food and drinks will be provided by Jasmine Mediterranean Cafe.
The event is free but tips for the musicians and donations are encouraged. All donations will go to the artists and future exhibitions.
The grand opening celebration will be from 2 p.m. until 9.
U20 Artists Studio is at 1925 U St.