Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Andrew Kusman - One - Narrows Gallery

People walk into the Narrows Gallery and say "great space!" almost without fail. It spreads outwards and upwards with a wonderful repetition of simple industrial architectural geometry. Rows of wooden columns stretch up 14' and more to a ceiling supported by massive wooden beams. Along the walls are spaced window after window, arched and subtly beveled. Holophane area lighting fixtures have a crystalline elegance that evokes an era when serious thought was put into creating industrial spaces with aesthetic appeal. It would be a stretch to call it an architectural masterpiece. It's only a mill building! But, it's a very well built one that has been refurbished carefully to house the Narrows Center for the Arts on its third floor.

The Narrows Gallery occupies nearly 2000 square feet of floor space of the 15,000+ at the Narrows Center. It has 200 linear feet of wall space for the display of artwork. Over 170' of track lighting combined with plenty of adjustable lighting fixtures mean that even very large groups of artwork can be hung and displayed to perfection. A combination of large and small spaces connected by long site lines makes for a really pleasing overall affect. Recent addition of a passenger elevator with handicapped ramps means that everyone can enjoy what the gallery has to offer.

The Narrows Gallery is part of a larger organization called the Narrows Center for the Arts which seeks to enrich the lives of people with art by bringing together artists and musicians and the people who appreciate them. For more information on the organization and to see the roster of gallery shows and live music events they offer visit their website at

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