Here's the press release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grand Opening of 18 Rabbit Gallery
FT LAUDERDALE, Florida (October 6th, 2009) – 18 Rabbit Gallery is South Florida’s newest contemporary art gallery, and it will open it’s doors to the public with a Grand Opening of the group exhibition, Fireworks, on October 23rd, 2009 from 6 pm to Midnight. The exhibition continues through November 23rd, with gallery hours 10am-6pm or by appointment. Located in the heart of downtown Ft Lauderdale at the intersection of NW 1st st and NW 1st Ave, 18 Rabbit is a 2,000 sq ft exhibition and event space, dedicated to showcasing work by today’s most exciting emerging and established artists as well as being a hub for the local arts community.
The brainchild of local artists Leah Brown and Peter Symons, 18 Rabbit Gallery began as a renovated warehouse space in Ft Lauderdale downtown’s exciting revitalization of the North of Broward (NOB) district, bridging the art museum with the thriving FAT Village art scene. Brown and Symons moved to South Florida from New York City one year ago where they had both lived as practicing artists with a vision to create a thriving art community. 18 Rabbit is the realization of their idea to create a “Yes” space, where artists are unrestricted by materials usage and artistic content, empowering both artists and audience with the freedom of possibility. The building, itself, claims the title of first legal graffiti wall in Ft Lauderdale, painted on three sides by members of the infamous MSG Cartel.
Monthly exhibitions of group and solo shows will be augmented by the community’s involvement in events and classes within the context of the art space. Live music, poetry slams, figure drawing nights and film screenings are only the beginning. 18 Rabbit wants you to play an active role the arts community and welcomes any and all suggestions for bringing people together in acts and appreciation of creation.
The inaugural exhibition, Fireworks, brings together current work by a group of 10 internationally recognized contemporary artists working in several media, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installation, performance and video. The artists include Leah Brown, Jinkyung Chong, Brian Hitselberger, Lisa Iglesias, Tony Ingrisano, Eva Jung, Justin Plakas, Blaine Siegel, and Peter Symons. A performance by Jinkyung Chong will begin at 8:00 pm.
Leah Brown, Gallery Director
(828) 279-1481 (direct)
18 Rabbit Gallery
18 NW 1st St
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301