Since opening in 2007, Rivet Gallery has become a destination for vinyl art-toy shoppers and has offered Columbus gallery-goers a spot to see a steady flow of pop surrealism and emerging artists from across the country.
But the achievement that impresses owner Laura Kuenzli the most is just that the store has reached the five-year milestone.
“One of the challenges of owning a business like this is convincing people that it’s not just a flash and it’ll be gone, that this is a legitimate hobby and interest for people,” Kuenzli said. “It might not be thriving here as much as it is in L.A. and New York, but that it’s still something that is new, and there are people who like this style and collect it.”
Other challenges: Kuenzli encountered negative reactions when she opened a niche-interest store in a destination neighborhood. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after opening the gallery. And big retail stores started selling items that once could be found only at places like Rivet.
Kuenzli and her little store that could have survived all of the above.
To celebrate Rivet’s fifth birthday, Kuenzli brought in an exhibit of mini-art pieces by Dan Goodsell, the artist behind Mr. Toast and other fun-loving anthropomorphic breakfast food and oddball characters. It’s a way to embrace her biggest challenge as a business owner: having fun with it.
“I’ve learned to find a way to put off fear,” Kuenzli said. “It’s definitely been a learning experience. Now that I’m at five years, I hope that people can find a way to appreciate whatever we have in here. That anyone can leave with a smile on their face from something in here.”
Duff Lindsay, owner of the outsider art space Lindsay Gallery, loves the work of local painter Joey Monsoon. So much so, he offered Monsoon a one-man show in 2010.
“It was a blockbuster,” Lindsay said of the exhibition. “He had grown so much as an artist, and I think it took everyone by surprise. We sold out that show.”
Monsoon’s second one-man show at Lindsay Gallery debuts June 1 and features 15 paintings.
Get ready to be wowed again.
“This new body of work is even more finely crafted, richer in emotion and pathos,” Lindsay said. “It’s remarkable for a self-taught painter to be able to depict people from the inside out, to show us how their struggles in life have affected the way their skin hangs on muscle and bone so that we can clearly see who they are, and imagine what they have experienced.”
Marcia Evans Gallery
On view in this two-month exhibition are new abstract oil paintings by Yellow Springs-based artist Katherine Kadish. With hue harmonies always in bloom at the end of Kadish’s paintbrush, visitors will find that she is a connoisseur of color.