published Friday, September 7th, 2012

Studios open for Gallery Hop

IF YOU GO

What: AVA Gallery Hop.

When: 2-8 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Art galleries and studios.

Admission: Free.

Phone: 265-4282.

Website: www.avagalleryhop.com.

During Saturday's Gallery Hop, the folks at Ignis Glass will welcome visitors to their new home, 409 Broad St.

"The new location is going to be the main attraction we're going to have on display," said manager Tommy Payne. "That's our first opening day. The gallery has been completely designed to enhance the experience of blowing glass."

Ignis Glass is one of 20 galleries and studios that will participate in the annual Gallery Hop, a collective open house of artists around town.

Though in the past the event has been hosted by the Association for Visual Arts, executive director Anne Willson said the event has morphed from an AVA party into a communal fete hosted by all those involved. The goal, she said, is to give visitors an inside look at the work going on inside the studios and galleries around town.

"A lot of times, unfortunately, people aren't sure they can walk in an art gallery," she said. "A lot of times, there's still this subliminal hindrance about how to engage with artists."

The doors are open year-round, she said, but Gallery Hop is the day they all make a special effort to be extra welcoming.

At Ignis, Payne said, "Everything at the new studio is based on the idea that the public can come in. Whereas at the old studio, everything was based on the needs of the glass blowers."

In fact, visitors to Ignis can do more than just look. Guests will have an opportunity to blow their own glass ornaments, a service available year-round, not just at Gallery Hop.

"That's one of the main reasons we did this move, so we can offer that all the time," Payne said. "The idea of the relocation was to work more with the public."

Some galleries show new works for the Hop. Payne said the new location is the studio's new work. Miki Boni, a Southside artist, will be showing a new series. AVA debuts "Fresh," a show of emerging artists in the region, for the event each year.

This year, another new feature will be introduced: an art raffle, offering attendees a chance to win works and gift certificates from different galleries.

It's an instant art collection.

PARTICIPATING GALLERIES AND STUDIOS

• Area 61, 61 E. Main St.

• Art at the Incubator, 100 Cherokee Blvd.

• Artifact, 1080 Duncan Ave.

• Ashley Hamilton Studio, 1440 Adams St.

• Atelier 18, 18 E. Eighth St.

• AVA, 30 Frazier Ave.

• Gallery 301, 301 Cherokee Blvd. and 1800 E. Main St.

• Gallery 1401, 1110 Market St.

• Gannon Art Center, 3248 Brainerd Road

• Graffiti, 629 Spears Ave.

• Hart Gallery, 110 E. Main St.

• Ignis Glass Studio and Gallery, 409 Broad St.

• In-Town Gallery, 26-A Frazier Ave.

• Miki Boni Studio, 1611 Mitchell Ave.

• Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs, 2646 Broad St.

• SweetCycle Apparel, 1815 Bailey Ave.

• Tanner Hill Gallery, 3069 Broad St.

• UTC Cress Gallery of Art, 736 Vine St.

• Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore, 40 Frazier Ave.

• Yada Yada, 112 Woodland Ave.

about Holly Leber ...

Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...

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