In two weeks, on Friday 18 July, we will be engaging in an experiment. We are taking this empty storefront at 43 Hellems Ave on a block full of empty storefronts and opening it up to the neighbourhood as a gallery & community commons. It will be called “The Hard Way” as a testament to the gritty resolve of some of this town’s finer citizens.
The purpose of the space is two-fold:
1. Local Art: Expose Welland to some of the interesting artists who gain inspiration from this town
2. Placemaking: Get people out of their homes and into the downtown to interact with one another and support the businesses that are trying to make a go of it here.
This is a short-term project; we will operate from 18 July – 15 August. A calendar of events and workshops is forthcoming. For now, we invite you to attend the grand opening and Black Lantern Experience First Anniversary Art Show on Friday 18 July at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there at 43 Hellems Ave!