Community art gallery launches with Matthew Szymanski exhibition
On Friday, July 11, 3 Birds brought a new voice to the Chapel Hill art scene with the opening of its new community art gallery. Our premiere event took place during The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, a monthly event spotlighting the area’s numerous arts venues and community-focused businesses. For our first exhibition, 3 Birds partnered with the exception Chapel Hill artist Matthew Szymanski.
3 Birds celebrated the gallery opening with a special reception, including light refreshments, wine and beer, and a chance to talk with the artist himself. The gallery is located in the lobby of 3 Birds’ Chapel Hill headquarters at 505-B West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The gallery provides a chance for local artists to find new fans, with many pieces available for sale (to take home at the end of the hanging period).
What prompted 3 Birds Marketing founders Layton and Kristen Judd to turn the office lobby into a gallery? The same community support that has been a driving focus since the company’s inception. “The one-of-a-kind community in Chapel Hill was a natural fit for 3 Birds,” says Kristen. “We’re proud to take every opportunity to help that community grow, from transforming our former location into Launch Chapel Hill to providing this platform for local artists. The wide range of voices on display during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk made it the perfect choice for unveiling this new venture.”
3 Birds carefully considered a number of options before partnering with Szymanski for the opening exhibition. Matthew contributed a vibrant selection of pieces showing his interest in color theory and playing with viewer preconceptions. “I often incorporate bits of popular culture including iconic objects, brand names, logos and characters,” Szymanski said about his art. “These cultural references allow the paintings to reach out beyond their 4 edges and pull in meaning and messages from the world at large.”
The current Szymanski show will remain in the gallery until August’s 2nd Friday Art Walk. In the future, the Artwalk will serve as the opening for all new exhibitions, including both solo artist shows as well as themed collections in a variety of media. Artists interested in being featured in future exhibitions are encourage to contact Evan Chaisson at firstname.lastname@example.org.