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ROY G BIV Gallery Re-Opens in Franklinton

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman ROY G BIV Gallery Re-Opens in FranklintonThe ROY G BIV Gallery for Emerging Artists will hold its grand opening Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at 435 W Rich St. All photos by Taijuan Moorman.
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The ROY G BIV has finally re-opened in Franklinton.

In early 2018, it was announced that the gallery would be the first tenant inside the River & Rich project by local developer CASTO. The new space at 435 W. Rich St. is twice the size of its previous location in the Short North.

The Short North location got expensive, says Director Lynette Santoro-Au, and the move to an emerging arts district like Franklinton just made sense.

The previous location was also pretty closed off, making it feel like two different galleries. The open space is another part of the move that Santoro-Au and ROY Board members appreciate.

“We’re excited about a bigger and better space to give back to the artists, a place that is modular and flexible, and to be a part of a town so focused on the arts,” said J.D. Beiting, Board President of ROY, in a press release.

The grand re-opening will also be a celebration of the gallery’s 30th year in existence. Since 1989, the gallery has supported the local arts community through education, juried feedback, exposure and space to exhibit their work to the public.

The ROY G BIV “Family Reunion” exhibition will showcase the work of those artists from throughout the gallery’s history. The grand re-opening takes place Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m.

Artwork from the 2010s era of the gallery’s history, including a few video pieces.
Art from ROY G BIV’s current “Family Reunion” exhibition are set chronologically, from left to right.
The names of donators, above, as well as the gallery’s sign, below, were done by Kobolt Design Studios, located just a block or two from ROY in Franklinton.
Public art murals featured on the exterior of River & Rich, where ROY G BIV is the marquee tenant.

For more information visit ROY G BIV’s website at roygbivgallery.com.

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