By Matthew Lewis, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – The Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach held their second virtual ‘Art Walk’ on Friday, June 5th, starting with a tour of a few of the works in VISUAL VOICES, the front gallery exhibition featuring the art of Ruben Ubiera and Golden, as well as visited five Resident Studio artists.
Arts Warehouse Manager, Grace Gdaniec, introduced the works in the front gallery, then the Art Walk visits Amanda Perna, Renee Phillips, Cherie Saleeby, Missy Pierce and Kass O’Brien. The tour can be watched online and is 11:30 minutes long.
Renee Phillips (Studio 14) launched the “Color Lab” collection on her new Shop on June 2nd. The twenty-piece collection created while in quarantine has been made with her signature latex, enamel and spray paint techniques.
“I believe colors have personalities, especially when conjured, Phillips said. “Some drip, droop and pool, others crack or ripple on the surface. Colors hold energy, spark memories and elicit states of being. See what colors are vibrating within you.”
Phillips has presented her work internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recent exhibitions include Kunstleben Berlin, Soho House West Hollywood, CA, Aqua Art Miami, Pen & Brush Gallery NYC and Muriel Guepin Gallery NYC.
She is based in Delray Beach but maintains her studio in Chelsea, NYC, and now her artwork is now available for purchase on her new website.
Although not part of the June Art Walk, Andrea Facusse is the newest Resident Studio Artist and reflects on moving into a new studio space during a Global Pandemic. “It feels as if I’m walking through an abandoned building, however this is anything but that,” Facusse said.
“I just started my Artist Residency in the Middle of a Pandemic and it is definitely the most interesting thing that could have happened to me,” reflects Facusse. “I can only imagine what the Arts Warehouse is on a regular basis, pre- pandemic; The voices echoing through the open space, the artists in full discussion, the public coming and going.”
As far as reopening Arts Warehouse to the public to visit in person, Gdaniec said in an interview last month, “While the Arts Warehouse hasn’t announced a reopening date just yet, we are actively discussing different safety precautions we will be taking when we do reopen.”
“There will be restrictions with the number of daily visitors allowed to explore Arts Warehouse at one time,” She said. “Luckily, we are a large space which allows for ease of distancing, but keeping the number of people low initially will help with the transition.”
The Arts Warehouse is a 15,000 square foot space located on Artist Alley in the Pineapple Grove district, supported by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
In a statement Friday, the organization also reinforced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and made a call for portfolio submissions from artists in the community.
Added, “We will continue to uplift and amplify black voices. We will provide more art that highlights the experiences of black artists and centers minority experiences to ensure that their reality sees light.”