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Just in time for the show’s 4 p.m. opening today, Shrey Purohit finished setting up a variety of artworks for the premiere of Ingleside Gallery, a new pop-up art show dedicated to local emerging artists.
Purohit, 23, an award-winning landscape painter and recent graduate from California College of the Arts, organized the recurring pop-up gallery after recognizing the neighborhood’s need for a venue to showcase art. He was also inspired by the salon-style groups put together by the 19th century French impressionists.
“Artists are stronger together,” Purohit told the Ingleside Light. “Seeing that there was no real gallery in the neighborhood, having a space for neighborhood and local shows where artists can really interact with people is heaven sent.”
He added that the gallery will be a means for artists to get back to their craft and business after being put out by the pandemic.
The gallery marks a change for Ingleside. While some neighborhood cafes and restaurants feature the work of artists, an art show of this scale hasn’t been done outside of City College.
Purohit curated works created during the pandemic from 20 local emerging artists. For some, the show will be their first time their works are displayed for the public. The works range from avant garde tech art and interactive musical installations to unconventional abstract expressionists and traditional landscape painters.
“I’m delighted to be a part of this group show,” artist Anaths Nayak said. “You know, some of us emerging artists don’t really get opportunities to get into a gallery. This is an ideal opportunity for us to build that process.”
Jun Yang, an abstract expressionist oil painter who uses themes of queerness and the natural world, submitted a number of works for the show.
“I want to be inspired by other artists,” Yang said. “I really appreciate that Shrey and Mike gave us this opportunity to bring all the artists together. I’m very happy that I’m bringing the pieces that are a little controversial.”
Other artists who will have their work on display include Fia Pitre, the granddaughter of surrealist painter John Pitre, and Nathaline Fabre, also a surrealist painter.
The gallery is being held in the soon-to-be-launched Ocean Incubators, a storefront on the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue that will operate a co-working space and serve as a hub for entrepreneurs.
“We’re excited to host Ingleside Gallery as part of Ocean Avenue’s newest business, Ocean Incubators,” co-owner Mike Sorrels told the Ingleside Light. “Our goal and focus is to provide a space for pop-ups, art, dance, anything that an entrepreneur needs at a low cost.”
Ingleside Gallery will pop-up every two weeks and alternate between displaying the works of many artists and solo shows of Purohit’s own work.
Date: Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19
Time: 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Location: Ocean Incubator, 1507 Ocean Ave.
Contact: Shrey Purohit, (415) 609-0401 or email@example.com