‘100 Gates Project’ on the Lower East Side Hosting Gallery Show this Saturday

Posted on: September 9th, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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The 100 Gates Project officially kicked off last spring with a mural at the Avant Garde Vape Gallery on Grand Street. Since then, the frequency of paint jobs has been ticking ever upward. Mainly below the Delancey divide. They’re more than halfway there. By latest count, there are north of fifty pieces scattered across storefronts on the Lower East Side.

To celebrate the success of the 100 Gates Project, campaign organizers at the Lower East Side BID are hosting a gallery show and party this Saturday. Festivities are planned for 5pm at the Avant Garde space. The event offers the opportunity to meet the artists and scope out a “live map” wall showing the locations of each piece. Prints will also be for sale.

Response to the public call to businesses has been steady, albeit with a caveat. It’s a free service, though many interested parties have no gate to paint. And there are artists aplenty. “We received a definite surplus of applications from interested artists,” director of marketing Natalie Raben recently told us.

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It’s worth noting that location is of partial concern for those interested. While preference is given to stores within the BID borders, the 100 Gates Project is more than willing to venture to other parts of the neighborhood.

As previously reported, the initiative – which received a $30,000 Neighborhood Challenge Grant – is a joint effort between the Lower East Side BID and artist Billy Rohan who helped organize the artist pool. It’s being touted as an “anti-graffiti” measure (i.e. beautification) that even the 7th Precinct supports (somewhat ironic given their tough stance on graffiti).

What happens once the 100 Gate goal is realized? “[The Lower East Side BID] will continue with gates until those funds are exhausted,” Raben noted.

100 Gates actually began in June 2014 when Rohan painted a number of gates near Seward Park. He initially brought the idea to the Lower East Side BID, which resulted in the aforementioned grant.

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