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Frustration… That was the thought that Gina Quaranto had in her mind with the representatives at “NV Energy” and “South West Gas”. After contacting several officials, the lack of response and mindless banter was what she got as her hard work was left in shambles. In mid July a transformer explosion ripped through the downtown art district destroying many store fronts. “Place Gallery” being one of them was one of the worst felt by the destruction.
Windows were blown out and the buildings structure was severely compromised. Having no responses from anyone to take responsibility for the damages, Gina was forced to make one of the most difficult decisions ever as she had to close her gallery doors for good. Like Gina, many small business owners and shop keepers in the downtown area of Las Vegas were already feeling the effects of the economic down turn. They struggled to keep afloat and relied on each other for support.
During the past year Gina successfully built a reputation and art following for “Place Gallery”. It was a place where artists called home. Many local artists would showcase their artwork and build names for themselves as “Place Gallery” became one of the well known galleries, aside from the “Art Factory” that was a staple for the art community.
Every First Friday was a treat for the city of Las Vegas. People from around the valley would come to the art district to view artwork and talent that the art community offered, like many of the small businesses. The artist thrived from the revenue First Friday generated. It’s what keeps First Friday alive; the creativity that the artist built was what the people of Las Vegas wanted. What they needed…
When news of what happened to Gina and “Place Gallery” surfaced, the outreach and love from the community started pouring in, by the following First Friday, “Place Gallery” moved from its dilapidated building to the temporary location at another gallery for their LV Sk8 Show. By mid August Gina secured a location for the new gallery and went to work relentlessly and by early September Gina’s new gallery had a name, “Blackbird Studios”.
With October closing in, Gina had a mission. To create a gallery that not only had the open arms and warmth that “Place Gallery” did, but show that in essence, “Place Gallery” never left. With it being the month of Halloween, Gina decided to dedicate the theme of Zombies to the gallery for its grand opening and notified all artists to create zombie inspired artwork, The name of the exhibit, ‘28DAYS2A, Zombie Apocalypse’.
It was fitting. What died at the previous location of where “Place Gallery” called home, rose from the dead in the new location of where ‘Blackbird Studios’ was, and more alive than ever. But I personally didn’t think of “Blackbird Studios” as a zombie that rose from its grave, but as another fantasy creature, the Phoenix, rising from the ashes. But like Phoenixes and Blackbirds one thing they did have in common is that they fly and with that, all I saw was ‘Blackbird Studios’ taking off with their grand opening Friday and soaring high as it always was meant to be…
For more information please visit “Blackbird Studios” located at the Commerce Street Studios, 1551 South Commerce Street, Las Vegas Nevada 89102.
Article by Jasper Gonzales