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Art gallery to ‘pop-up’ next month

What’s being billed as the first true “pop-up” gallery in Evanston will open next month.

Artspace will open at 716 Main St., between Goods and Vogue Fabrics, with an opening evening event on Friday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

What’s being billed as the first true “pop-up” gallery in Evanston will open next month.

Artspace will open at 716 Main St., between Goods and Vogue Fabrics, with an opening evening event on Friday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Artspace is the creation of art and antiques dealer Harvey Pranian, who has been doing business in Evanston for over 40 years.

As curator of Artspace, Pranian is bringing together a group of 11 area artists who work in various mediums: painting, printmaking, photography, watercolor, ceramics, sculpture and quilting. Harvey will also show art and antiques from his own collection. All work will be for sale.

The artists who will be featured at Artspace are Victor Boyer, Julie Cowan, Charles Heinrich, Nancy Landin, Julie Meridian, Leslie Riley, Gay Riseborough,
Mary Seyfarth, Sue Sommers, Mark Thomas, and Amy Woodbury.

As the recession has taken its toll on retailing, empty stores throughout the Chicago area are turning into “pop-up” art galleries. The temporary galleries, which began in London and have also sprung up in New York, Paris and other cities, provide a showcase for many artists at a time when conventional galleries are closing or struggling to survive.

Pranian says that whether the temporary galleries can help revive business activity in their neighborhoods is hard to assess, but if offers an exciting cultural opportunity for artists and public alike.

After the opening, Artspace will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., until it closes on Sunday, Feb. 27.

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