Tuesday, January 22, 2008


CONTACT: Georgine Benvenuto Phone: 917-767-3848
Email: georgine@gallery364.com.

MUSIC INSPIRES GALLERY 364 ART SHOW IN BAY RIDGE Gallery 364 Holds Art Show and Competition Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., January 16, 2008 – On January 17, Gallery 364, Bay Ridge’s first fine arts studio and gallery, opens its latest art show themed, "Music," with an invitation-only reception. The press is invited from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and the general public may attend from 7 – 10 p.m.

The show runs through January 31, 2008. Refreshments for the reception are provided compliments of Circles Restaurant in Bay Ridge, and Eufemia "Effie" Maldari. Musician and singer Lisa Scherma, of Staten Island, will provide the entertainment. Gallery 364 is at 364 72 nd St. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. After opening night, admission to the show is by appointment only, due to limited space. Visitors can make an appointment by calling Georgine Benvenuto at 917-767-3848.

Gallery 364 prefers to give the artist a theme word, and let the artists express their literal or metaphorical interpretation of that word. For this show, 26 pieces, representing 14 artists, were selected to be in the show out of a total of 75 artists who submitted their work. Various media were used to create the art in the show, including oils, ceramic, acrylics, watercolor, and photography. The art competition will be judged by Gallery 364 owner (and professional photographer), Georgine Benvenuto, watercolorist Doug Opalski, and artist James Belena, whose artwork will also be on display, who will choose the winning piece based on aesthetic appeal, technical skill, meaning, uniqueness, and intent. All artwork will be for sale.

Gallery 364 is housed in an historic 1910 limestone, and is privately owned and operated by Benvenuto, a longtime Bay Ridge resident. Gallery 364 is the first and only fine arts studio/gallery in the Bay Ridge neighborhood. Gallery 364 is Benvenuto’s first gallery. Gallery 364 has been featured on Brooklyn Community Access Television’s (BCAT) "The View from Bay Ridge with Larry Morrish and Chuck Otey" and Channel 12. Gallery 364 will offer affordable classes in digital and film photography, digital printing, painting, watercolor, drawing, and other media, for groups of up to four students.

Artists can rent studio space by the hour. Periodically, Gallery 364 will conduct open competitions and the winners’ artwork will be displayed in a group show. There will also be individual shows featuring special guest artists. Attendance at group and individual shows will be by invitation only. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Georgine Benvenuto, please call Georgine Benvenuto at 917-767-3848 or send an email to georgine@gallery364.com.

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