Gallery Reopens in NOTA as Maker Space
A gallery re-opens in the Neighborhood of the Arts, and the owner hopes it will be a place to show, and make, art.
The idea is to bring people together, not just to view art and appreciate it, but to make it, for an audience, and for other artists.
Alexander Gruttadaro is the owner of Makers Gallery and Studio in NOTA. It's a little hard to find, but Gruttadaro says the payoff it worth it.
"I want to make it a space, that anyone can come in and work on their own art. I plan on hosting art nights where local artists can come and get feedback from other artists and come to work together and side-by-side with other artists, as opposed to home or in their studio or in a little bubble or island."
Gruttadaro says he hopes to attract national artists to Rochester.
With a background in public education, Gruttadaro says it's important to nurture and grow a community of artists in the region, starting with young people.
"I want to bring some of the connections I have in here and teach smaller classes to high school students, middle school students, who are really passionate about the arts."
Makers Gallery is now open, and serving coffee, on the third floor of 34 Elton Street in Rochester. The gallery is currently featuring local artist Nate Hodge.