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Row Gallery is a space that helps emerging and working artists be recognized while enriching the community around us through art.
Row Gallery is a space that helps emerging and working artists be recognized while enriching the community around us through art.
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On June 12th, Row Gallery will launch its first show during the Los Angeles Art Walk on 6th and Spring.

CHANGING THE L.A. ARTS - 

With our first show, Row Gallery wants to create a new integrated space that helps emerging artists showcase their work alongside industry professionals, providing them with more opportunities. We also want to help enrich the downtown LA community by increasing the amount of creativity that occurs. We hope to set off this movement with our first show, which will be operational the second Thursday of July during Art Walk.

Photo courtesy of R.E.~
Photo courtesy of R.E.~

To accomplish our initial goal of setting up a gallery, we have teamed up with the non-profit Lamp Arts Program and the popular DTLA Life magazineLA Lofts Realty has also graciously allowed us to use their space on the high traffic corner of 6th and Spring to host the event. With such a great team put together, we know Row Gallery has the potential to be awesome with your help!

A GALLERY FOR THE ARTIST -

Row Gallery operates like a non-profit -  that means low commission rates so the artist can make higher percentages off the sales of their work (compared to the much higher rates at other galleries). Furthermore, all the commission that we do take will go back into enriching the arts in downtown LA through one of the various non-profits that we work with. Within the next year, Row Gallery plans to host artist talks, auctions, community art events, and even more shows to assimilate art throughout Los Angeles. Within the next five years, Row Gallery wants to provide scholarships and classes to underprivileged artists (children and adults), and teach them the business of art, not just give them money like most scholarship do.

Thus, we aim to become a hub for creatives to network and collaborate while opening up more dialogue between the art world and all others in Los Angeles. Row Gallery will be a space for the arts to thrive by showcasing a wide range of artists, from professional to those who are underprivileged. By placing emerging artists alongside those who are already established, we hope to provide opportunities for the next great group of creatives and expand the art scene in Los Angeles - think East Village New York of the 1980s.

ENRICHING COMMUNITY -

Beyond the arts, our team at Row Gallery recognizes financial disparities, especially in the art world, and seeks to equalize the gallery platform. Artistic talent so often goes undetected, and this has been an increasing problem as the resources for artistic practice fall apart in environments of economic strain.

Through our association with the Lamp Arts Program and other non-profits in downtown, Row wants to focus on strengthening the relationship with the local arts, the homeless community, foster children, and the Los Angeles school districts. Art has the most potential as a communicative medium in which we can spark dialogue for change, express ourselves and find a greater understanding of who we are both as individuals and communities within our immense cityscape

Risks and challenges

Beyond organizing the logistics of the event (insurance, security, and all that fun stuff), the monthly Art Walk usually garners over 20,000 people. Although we will prepare to the best of our ability, managing this amount of foot traffic can be difficult! If you are interested in being a part of this project, feel free to contact Kent Yoshimura directly at 3103184019. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    GOOD KARMA: As a non-profit, every dollar counts. We'll give you a very big thank you and a hug at our gallery opening!

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    GREAT KARMA: As Nietzsche said, "The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude." As a thank you, your name will be listed on our website as a contributor!

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    POSTCARD PRINT THANK-YOU CARD: We will send you a limited edition 4" x 6" Digital Postcard Print from one of our artists, directly to your home! You will also get all the above perks.

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    PERSONAL PRINT: You'll receive a personalized 8.5"x11" Art Print of your choice, as well as all the above perks.

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    PERSONAL BOOK: You'll receive a personalized book produced from this project with a handwritten thank you note plus everything above!

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    PERSONAL PAINTING: Receive a small personal painting from one of our supporting artists of Row Gallery and all the above perks!

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    MAGAZINE FEATURE: Be seen by thousands of people with a full page spread in DTLA Life magazine (www.dtlalife.com) of whatever you want! Also get all the perks at the $75 level.

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    PERSONAL PAINTING + DONOR: You will receive one of five original paintings from one of our talented supporters of Row Gallery, and also be listed as a donor on all of our promotional material! Also get all the perks at the $75 level.

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    SCULPTURE+DONOR: Not only will you receive one of five personally crafted sculpture pieces, but also be listed as a donor on all of our promotional material! Also get all the perks at the $75 level.

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    OFFICIAL SPONSOR: Be the official sponsor for the event! Have your name featured front and center on all promotional material alongside Row Gallery. You will also receive a original painting from one of our artists and all the perks at the $500 level.

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