On a week in which we learned of bad news for one Scientific Properties arts-related tenant (the closing of Branch Gallery on Foster St.), we're hearing now good news, in turn: the arrival of the first retail tenant at Golden Belt.
The developer has announced that the arts-themed historic adaptive reuse project in East Durham will be adding LabourLove Gallery to its stable this summer at Golden Belt, bringing a retail gallery to the eastern side of the complex's lobby (the artist studios and apartment side.)
LabourLove, which will launch its business online concurrently with its gallery opening, is the brainchild of Hillsborough's Kelly Dew and John Pelphrey, and will sell prints as well as "derivative works" including bags, clothing, home accessories and the like -- all in limited quantities, and viewable with the original art work in the gallery.
The firm will also offer art rental, art lessons for children, and art selection services to include in-home consultations and installations.
According to the Scientific Properties press release:
After establishing relationships with local elementary schools, Dew and Pelphrey also hope to engage the community in the success of the gallery by holding quarterly art openings for local elementary students. The public art openings will recognize the outstanding art achievements of the students and the proceeds from the sale of the children’s work will be donated back to the participating school’s art fund.
In anticipation of the gallery’s opening, Pelphrey says, “We love the Golden Belt project. Kelly and I are excited to open LabourLove and begin dispelling the myth that understanding and appreciating art is reserved only for those with formal art training or elite social status.”