The Red Arrow Gallery first began in the high-desert community in Joshua Tree, CA and gained national and international recognition. The first art gallery to open in downtown Joshua Tree in 2007, the gallery set up shop in an old building marked with a 15-foot red arrow sign (the historic landmark that served as inspiration for the gallery’s name and logo). In 2010, with the mind for expansion, the gallery moved to the heart of Joshua Tree Village and continued monthly openings for two more years. In March 2014, The Red Arrow Gallery opened it's doors for the first time at their new home in East Nashville, TN.
Cut to the Summer of 2015. Just a whirlwind year after opening our doors, the news that our building in Riverside Village was under contract to be sold. After initially believing that the gallery could remain in its existing location, it became evident quickly that the calendar of upcoming artist exhibitions could potentially be jeopardized by construction and uncertainty.
We tossed around the idea of moving to one of Nashville's gallery hubs, specifically Wedgewood-Houston. We picked the brains of those who had come into this scene long before us. In the end, what resonated in our hearts prevailed with every conversation. Red Arrow established itself in East Nashville. The place we call our home. We have collaborated with other galleries to begin our own Art Stumble. We joined teams with Maplewood High School, hosted field trips for Isaac Litton Middle School. We open our doors to everyone in the neighborhood wanting exposure to artwork, some who have never stepped foot in a gallery. We continue cultivate all of these relationships. Red Arrow Gallery needs to stay in East Nashville.
So began the search for a space. It did not take long until we found 919 Gallatin Avenue. Gallatin used to be a no-man's land, but it is quickly becoming a destination for those who want a space but cannot afford the smaller pockets tucked away in the neighborhood. When we walked into the space with it's 24 foot ceilings, white walls, industrial garage door, the vision's of installations hanging with enough wall space to house the largest Daniel Holland piece sealed in our minds. This space had to be ours.
Here is where you come in. Red Arrow did not open its doors in Riverside Village just over a year ago with the intention of moving again this soon. We have been lucky to sustain the gallery, but are walking away from the location leaving much of our original investment into the space behind us, all while incurring new build-out costs at the new location. With the funds raised from this fundraiser and a few small private investors, Red Arrow will seal its place in the art world of Nashville, specifically East Nashville.
A special thank you to Divine Fits for providing the music for the video and Doug Beale for the Joshua Tree video clip.
Risks and challenges
The most challenging aspect of this move is the build-out being completed in time to reopen for our January show. We have entrusted contractors from our community that we worked with building out the previous space in order to keep the business local and have peace of mind.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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