In 2011, I opened an art space called Aviary in Jamaica Plain, MA. After nine years of regular bi-monthly exhibitions, over 100 music shows, dozens of workshops, and countless other events (including a wedding!), Aviary will transition to an online exhibition space after our lease ends in December. With the pandemic being a nightmare and rent increases in Jamaica Plain being also a nightmare, we just can't afford to sign a third five-year lease.
I've always thought that the beautiful building at 708 West Rosemary Street in Carrboro, North Carolina would be a perfect art space. It became available this summer and due in part to the generosity of my new landlord (a supporter of the arts), I was able to sign the lease and decided to open Peel.
WHAT IS PEEL?
Peel is an art gallery, community event space, digital photography lab, and retail space promoting contemporary art. We are dedicated to supporting the work of emerging, mid-career, and under-recognized artists through diverse and unique educational programming.
Peel is intended to go beyond the model of traditional exhibition space, to offer a curated selection of local art, photography, jewelry, books, comics, and zines in addition to monthly gallery exhibitions. After gallery hours, the space will host workshops, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and music performances.
HOW WILL THIS SPACE BENEFIT/IMPACT THE COMMUNITY?
As an integrated art, education, retail, and event space, Peel seeks to create a dynamic model that promotes accessibility, inspires creativity, and enables/empowers the whole community through a diversity of use and programming.
WHY WE NEED YOU RIGHT NOW
I’m writing to ask you to be involved with the creation of Carrboro’s newest and North Carolina’s only art gallery, digital photography lab, and community event space. Startup expenses are looking to be between $24,326 and $36,275 dollars at the moment. Our reach goal is $59,895 which would cover opening costs and provide the first six months of rent plus bills. Funds raised will allow us to start our business with financial integrity so we may open and grow in spite of the pandemic. Please join us in supporting art and artists.
Thank you SO much for your support and for reading all of these words. Get in touch if you have any questions or would like to help open Peel and make it a meaningful, sustainable part of our community. For other ways to get involved go to www.peel.gallery.
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