David Cohen, Editor and Publisher of the online journal artcritical.com; Art Critic and Contributing Editor, The New York Sun, 2003-2008, has called First Street Gallery:
"...the most consistently energetic of the several veteran artist cooperatives that have migrated to Chelsea..."
An artist-run gallery, First Street's dual mission is to exhibit and promote the work of talented artists and to provide the public with an opportunity to see and learn about contemporary art in a more accessible milieu than that offered by commercial galleries. The gallery remains focused on the presentation of art in the figurative tradition but embraces a wide diversity of styles, media, and interpretations of 'figuration'.
Services for Members
First Street Gallery gives artists exhibition opportunities (solo shows every 2-2 1/2 years/group shows every year), exposure on the gallery's website and in the gallery's presentation books of members' work. In addition, First Street Gallery provides a wealth of ongoing professional services to its members which are virtually unmatched by other non-commercial galleries. First Street Gallery takes no commission on artwork sold in the gallery. Contact the gallery for information pertaining to dues and other fees.
Each season, the gallery reviews work of membership applicants at monthly member meetings, September - June. For a full list of membership benefits and requirements, application procedures and the date of the next review, please call the gallery during gallery hours, 11AM - 6PM, Tuesday - Saturday (646-336-8053) or email the gallery.
In addition to services for its members, First Street Gallery provides opportunities for non-member artists to exhibit, through annual Juried Shows and Invitational exhibitions (for information on these programs, contact the gallery); presents special exhibitions to engage local residents who in the past may have had little exposure to the arts community; and presents Artist Talks to enhance the art-viewing experience for art students and other members of the public.
First Street Gallery Inc. is a NY State registered nonprofit corporation exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions to First Street Gallery Inc. are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. A copy of the latest annual report may be obtained upon request, from the gallery or from the Office of the Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.
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