Philadelphia Exhibitions. Bridgette Mayer Gallery Raises $11,000 To Help BalletX. If you are in the area, visit this interesting exhibit! The show will run through August 9th. Still Growing up!
How does an art gallery help raise funds for a local group? And what makes the gallery’s effort have such a huge impact? Well, it’s not every day that you hear of art galleries raising funds for a specific local group or charity, but when you do hear of the news you may become curious to know how. While there are countless to raise money, it is all industry-specific and in the case of an art gallery, Bridgette Mayer has the answer.
On July 9th Bridgette Mayer Gallery made a mark in the Philadelphia community with a milestone that galleries across the nation would appreciate. The gallery opened its doors to display its biggest benefit show to date raising over $11,000 in its first week for the Philadelphia-based contemporary dance company, BalletX. The 2013 benefit exhibition paved a path for more reasons to support the arts in Philadelphia and across the nation.
The show, which runs through August 9th, showcases an astounding 400 works (all 10 x 10 inches on panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply and all priced at $500 or $1,000) created by 200+ artists. The exhibition’s success in the first week was extraordinary – over an impressive 20% of the pieces have sold already, which turned into $11,000 raised for BalletX.
To give you an idea of what this means for BalletX:
$50 pays for a half-day in the rehearsal studio
$100 pays for a pair of pointe shoes
$200 pays for a dancer’s costume
$500 pays for music for a new ballet
$1,000 pays to bring a guest choreographer to Philadelphia
Roughly half of the artists in the exhibition have local roots, allowing for Philadelphia-based artists to help support their own community. Other participating artists range from recent graduates to world renowned artists from across the country and globe. For a full list of artists and to view the exhibition online visit: www.PhillyArtExperience.com/art or go to http://www.bridgettemayergallery.com/ for a full list of the artists.
The opening week featured three events including an “Artist Meet-and-Greet” event on Tuesday, July 9th, the public reception on Friday, July 12th, and “Art Collecting 101,” a panel discussion on Saturday, July 13th. The panel was led by Bridgette Mayer and consisted of four other art professionals; Roberta Fallon, artist and writer for the Philadelphia-based theartblog.org; Ralph Citino, a collector and supporter of the arts; Rebecca Rutstein, a Bridgette Mayer Gallery represented artist; and Chris Schmidt, owner and director of Schmidt Dean Gallery.
Over 400 people saw the exhibition and showed their support for BalletX between the two receptions, and more than 30 people joined the gallery for the panel discussion.
In addition to the Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery concurrently celebrated the launch of PhillyArtExperience.com, an online destination and hub for Philadelphia arts and culture to be shared worldwide. The gallery and site released a FREE 48 page guide to Philadelphia that has been met with much interest and support. The website will continue to promote events and grant its viewers access to VIP viewings, and behind the scenes information on the arts in Philadelphia. In conjunction with the guide, Bridgette Mayer is also hosting a series of 10 videos that serve as an “Art Collecting 101” program which can be accessed by signing up for FREE at www.PhillyArtExperience.com.
The exhibition and related events have been graciously sponsored by the With Art Philadelphia Campaign™, both properties of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.
If you will be in the Philadelphia area, you don’t want to miss out on this fantastic exhibition. While you are there be sure to support local arts and culture with Bridgette Mayer Gallery. Summer hours are Monday – Friday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm & by appointment.