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(Art) Hanging Out

(Art) Hanging Out
Businesses need great design elements too, and this local venue turns to community artists for its decor. See how you can join in the fun and enjoy art over hors d'oeuvres.

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When it comes to throwing a social event or having a business meeting, Venue 222 offers a unique getaway to have some fun or get some work done. The exposed brick and wooden beams combined with the carpeted floor provide an urban feel with an inviting atmosphere. And it is this inviting atmosphere that welcomes you when Venue 222 throws some parties of its own.

 

While this two-story space provides natural light during the day and city views at night with its 42 windows, the walls have to live up to that spectacular standard. "The space is very well accented with bright contemporary art," Owner Wade Dent says.

 

So he looks to the community and gets three birds with one stone: 1) He needs som031510SOCIAL2.jpge stunning artwork to adorn the walls of his revitalized 150-year-old building. 2) Local artists need a place to hang their work to get in front of people's eyes. 3) Everyone else in the community needs an excuse to party.

 

So what is that stone? Venue 222's art hanging events. Free to the public, these events showcase local art pieces that will continue to add to the space's decor until the next hanging. While guests can enjoy some light hors d'oeuvres and drinks as they meet the artists and their work, the artists can enjoy some great exposure without the worries of commissions.

 

While Dent and his partner find the showcased artists by word of mouth, a selection process ensures that the work will work with the space. "We typically have to find somebody who has large work We've got some very large wall spaces that really need some big pieces to fill out that wall well," Dent says.

 

While the large pieces are bound to be noticed with the plethora of business meetings and social events at the venue, Dent helps ensure that happens. Depending on the flow of traffic through the space, artists' work continues to be available for viewing by patrons for about two months. "We'd like to make sure the artists get as much exposure as possible by as many people as possible," Dent says. 

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The hangings roughly coincide with Enjoy the Arts' Final Friday gallery walks. But for more information about exact dates and times, you can visit Venue222.com or call (513) 684-9283.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photographer: Linda Palacios

Location: Venue 222

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