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Friday, March 4, 2011

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA Celebrating 10 Year Anniversary With VERNISSAGE 10 Exhibition, Opening Reception Saturday March 5 - What Happens To Gallery RIVAA If Master Leaseholder Takes Over?

Vernissage 10 Image From Gallery RIVAA

Received the following message from the folks at Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA
To Friends of Gallery RIVAA

"We are very proud to announce that Gallery RIVAA is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the Roosevelt Island Visual Artist members’ exhibition, “VERNISSAGE 10”. VERNISSAGE has become a tradition for our gallery and, has been the most important annual show at the RIVAA Gallery.

According to the dictionary, the meaning of the word Vernissage (n.) is: A private showing, preview, or opening of an exhibition. Vernissage has its roots in the old practice of setting aside a date before an exhibition’s opening for artists to varnish and put finishing touches to their paintings – a tradition that reportedly dates to at least 1809, when it was instituted by England’s Royal Academy of Arts. English speakers originally referred to this day as “varnishing day”, but sometime, around 1912, they also began using the French term “vernissage” (literally “varnishing”.)

“VERNISSAGE 10” marks ten years of partnership and service to the Roosevelt Island community. We are thrilled to celebrate with you our existence, contribution to the arts and culture, and your continuous presence and generous support. Please join us at the opening reception of this momentous exhibition.

The opening reception is on Saturday March 5th from 6-9pm at Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044.
Image From Gallery RIVAA

It will be interesting to find out what happens to Gallery RIVAA's space if a private sector Master Leaseholder takes over Roosevelt Island's Main Street. Gallery RIVAA occupies a prime spot on Main Street and does not pay any rent. Can that continue with a private sector Master Leaseholder - should it?


Anonymous said...

It would be a sad thing to lose the gallery -- the one storefront in Northtown that looks as if it is actually in New York City and not some third-world country. That being said, I won't be surprised if the master leaser will find some critical reason why it can't remain. There is no reason to expect that the master leaser will not follow the Roosevelt Island rule: if it's the worst of its kind, it belongs on Roosevelt Island.

Anonymous said...

It would be good if it became a wine place that also was a galllery like many galleries in the country. You could sit enjoy some live music or tapas, hear from artists or writers, eat tapas, enjoy wine, maybe find some artwork for your apartment and buy it so artists could make a living. Right now its empty most of the time so this would be a great place for the island that would actually help the gallery.