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Friday, April 21, 2017

Opening Reception for 'The Welcoming' popup art gallery Friday evening

Opening reception is 6 - 9 PM tonight.

'The Welcoming' is a popup art gallery opening in Plainfield's North Avenue Historic District Friday (April 21), beginning with an opening reception at the gallery location, 144 North Avenue, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The popup gallery is a public-private partnership between the City of Plainfield, Landmark Developers (who are developing a number of mixed-used properties in Downtown Plainfield) and Yendor Productions, a non-profit focused on using the arts in downtown renewal projects.

You may be familiar with the popup gallery idea, though not by that name. Years ago, vendors put together Christmas boutiques at Plainfield locations including the Elks Club on Watchung Avenue and the Armory on East 7th Street. They were very popular and would operate for a stated period of time and then move on.

The idea is simple: Use a temporary gallery in a vacant commercial space for a stated length of time to act as a focus of interest for the neighborhood.

'The Welcoming' is the exhibit for this popup gallery and has been curated by Yendor Productions, providing "approachable and interactive public art". Landmark Developers is contributing one of its downtown
commercial spaces for use in the project and the City of Plainfield is helping with marketing.

The popup gallery will run through May 19, with the gallery open Thursdays and Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, and Saturdays from Noon to 4:00 PM.

With all the apartments being developed in the Queen City, many people are asking about next steps -- creating destinations is one of them.

Parking is always in demand on North Avenue. The gallery is in the short one-way block between Park Avenue and Gavett Place. There is more parking in the portion of the block by the train station, and in Lot 2 across from Gavett Place on East Second Street.

Come on out and see what's happening in Downtown Plainfield!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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