For most “starving artists,” the dream of opening a gallery of their own most likely will never be a reality. Overhead costs for even a small space in a small city can be overwhelming. But what if an artist could rent a space to showcase their work? What if they could put as many or as few of their pieces on display as they want without going through the curatorial process in place at a local art gallery? At VanOver Fine Arts in Springville, NY artists can live out their dream – one month at a time.
Flip to the B-side
Opened in April 2013, VanOver Fine Arts converted “the shop side” into B-side Gallery, a rentable space available for solo or group exhibits and shows, of any medium. For a monthly fee, artists and photographers can use the space as a gallery/storefront and display and sell their works. Owner and curator Richard VanOver is excited to see arts-related development in Springville and opened B-side Gallery to build on this momentum and help put local artists on the map.
Art Marks the Spot
VanOver Fine Arts, located on East Main Street in downtown Springville, is at the forefront of a growing arts movement in the city along with the Springville Center for the Arts and Art’s Café. VanOver hopes the unique art offered in Springville will continue to draw people from the surrounding cities of Buffalo and Ellicottville. “Arts can be a real driver for a region,” VanOver told the Springville Journal in April. If B-side Gallery is a success, Springville might just become the other arts capital of New York.