The elaborate murals that cover the outside walls of many Wynwood galleries are works of art in their own right, but ever wonder why more galleries don’t have windows that show off what’s inside?
The answer has a lot to do with government bureaucracy, as gallerist Gregg Shienbaum recently discovered first hand while filling out piles of City of Miami paperwork. In order to open his own gallery with storefront windows, he had to obtain permits from the city to change the building’s use from “warehouse” to “retail,” but he thinks it was worth the hassle.
“I think it’s going to be good, especially during Art Walk, it will light up the street,” Shienbaum said. “I want everybody to walk by and see it and not wonder what’s in there, [to] look in the window and come in. I think it makes it a little friendlier.”
Shienbaum, a 39-year-old Philadelphia native, is currently working on a full renovation of what will be Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, a white, one-story building located at 2239 N.W. Second Avenue, right across the street from the pop-up market where food trucks park during Art Walk on the second saturday of every month. The space is owned by developer Tony Goldman and used to be artist Gavin Perry’s studio.
He says the gallery will feature contemporary masterpieces by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, and Chuck Close. Shienbaum also plans to do solo shows of emerging artists from around the world, and he has already scheduled a showing of 40 pieces by up-and-coming London artists for March.
If everything goes as planned, the gallery will open in early February, in time for Second Saturday Art Walkers to peer through his windows.
This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.