New addition to 'Off the Grid'

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by Max Marbut

Staff Writer

“A gallery for inspiration and amusement.”

That’s the philosophy behind “Salon,” the new “Off the Grid” artists venue on East Bay Street near the Ivy Ultra Bar. The name comes from the practice of 17th- and 18th-century painters in France who would gather to share ideas.

“Think Louis the XIV mixed with graffiti,” said gallery founding partner Evelyn Allen.

There are 14 artists exhibiting in the former law office. The spaces where attorneys once pored over law books and briefs are now the domain of working artists and exhibits. Salon shows a range of work from portraits to abstract to pop art and sculpture.

“We wanted to make a place for unknown artists,” said Allen.

The gallery first opened its door for the June First Wednesday Art Walk, even though there were only a few pieces of art on the walls. There also weren’t lights.

“We got the keys the day before Art Walk and the electricity turned on the day after,” said Allen. “So we just lit some candles and served free sangria.”

She said the gallery is open to all artists who want to show their work. There’s a three-month consignment agreement and a 30 percent commission to the gallery.

Allen and her partners are establishing regular hours for the gallery.

Currently, Salon is open 4-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday. “Or so,” said Allen. “It’s an evolving thing.”

The gallery is also open Sunday and Monday by appointment.

Call 607-8170 for details.

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The gallery’s long hallway displays the work of several painters in offices where attorneys used to work.

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Artist Ana N painted this portrait.

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An interpretation of The Muppets by sculptor Alisha Lewis.

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Ali Isabelle create these epoxy-on-wood pieces.

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Pop art by painter Ed Bot 5000.

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