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Box Heart Gallery buys building, expands in Bloomfield

Box Heart Gallery is expanding the art footprint of Bloomfield with the purchase of their building at 4523 Liberty Avenue.  The gallery announced this expansion with a celebration this past Saturday, and a public reception for “Landscape with Red Roof,” paintings by Erin Treacy. 

Co-owner Nicole Capozzi says this expansion will broaden Box Heart Gallery's exhibition possibilities, which had previously been limited by spatial constraints.  Additionaly, it represents the gallery's commitment to the historic Bloomfield neighborhood.

"We've been here for 11 years and we always hoped that one day we would be able to purchase the building," Capozzi says.  "And so our plan is to turn the entire building, all three floors, into our gallery.”

The first floor will remain a gallery and framing space with framing samples, but because of the extra space acquired the framing section will be expanded.  

The second floor will become a gallery space, but it will be displayed in a live/work environment.  Capozzi says artist-made furniture will be paired with the visual artwork, as well as elements like artist-made clothing, and ceramics in kitchen cabinets.

And on the third floor artist Sherry Rusinack will have a studio for her work, which Capozzi describes as steampunk, visionary  art.  Also on the third floor will be a workshop facility for artists to teach small classes or individual lessons, as well as an area for photographing individual works. 

Capozzi says the building renovations should take about two years to complete.   Current exhibitions will continue as scheduled through 2013. 

Writer:  Andrew Moore
Source:  Nicole Capozzi
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