Gallery Soleil reunion at Homegrown Press
For art patrons of the pre-corporatized downtown sector, Gallery Soleil on West Short Street was the place to be on Gallery Hop night, with lines regularly stretching onto the sidewalk. The upstairs gallery housed between 7 and 10 different studios. Artists like Blake Snyder Eames, Mike Goodlett, Diane Kahlo, Bob Morgan, Claudia Michler and John Lackey (all featured at some point in North of Center) rotated through. In late 2009, as the city touted its downtown artistic resurgence, the building housing Gallery Soleil was sold to ETS Realty out of Charleston, West Virginia, and the artists kicked out. The Dubai-based corporate restaurant chain Shakespeare and Company is set to open in the ETS Building.
During Gallery Hop on November 18, John Lackey will host a Gallery Soleil reunion at his Homegrown Press Studio, located at the corner of Sixth and North Limestone. In addition to the artists listed above, the reunion will feature the work of many other Soleil alum.