Wednesday, July 31, 2013 , Updated 12:00 p.m., August 9, 2013
UPDATED: Kettle Art Gallery will reopen at a new address in Deep Ellum
They've already raised more than the allotted $5,000 for supplies.
DEEP ELLUM When Deep Ellum's Kettle Art Gallery closed in May, Frank Campagna promised it would be back. And back it is: On September 19, the community art gallery reopens in Deep Ellum around the corner.
The gallery will move one block over, from Elm Street to Main Street, and will be located across the street from Lula B's Antique Mall at 2650-B Main Street.
Before Kettle closed, it had 10 unpaid volunteers, we reported in February 2013. The news of the move was “like losing a job or a loved one,” said artist and Kettle volunteer George Wallace at the time. “My business has grown with the connections I have made and referrals from artists at the Kettle,” Wallace said. “It has been a labor of love, but rewarding.”
Kettle Art Gallery relaunch
The new property in Deep Ellum is owned by 42 Real Estate and will be three times the size of "classic Kettle" -- the nickname given to the former location. The gallery still needs extra funding for its September opening date. A Crowdtilt is raising $5,000 online for supplies like lumber, sheetrock, paint, and exterior signage.
[UPDATE: As of August 8, more than $5,000 has been raised on Crowdtilt. Campagna said the site will stay open, and any extra money raised will go to purchase projection equipment so that local filmmakers can also be involved at Kettle.]
The space will also play host to art workshops and will be more community-based, said Campagna, in part because of its larger size.
"I'm going to make sure it's at least as good if not better than the last space," he said. "It's potentially so much better. It needs a lot of work, though."
When the gallery opens September 19, it will host the show "Phoenix."
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