Andrew Van Sickle opened AVS ART Gallery in April 2008 with the two-fold goal of exhibiting Pop Art-influenced and outsider work of local and national interest and cultivating the next generation of art collectors. For the past six months, the gallery has achieved this through a combination of clever, fun group exhibits and unique special events such as the recent blogger party. The gallery’s next exhibit, entitled Up in the Air, promises to fulfill both goals.
Opening on Saturday, 18 Oct 2008, Up in the Air will feature the work of fifteen national artists with roots in graffiti and other forms of street art, some of whom were included in the seminal Beautiful Losers exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Center in 2004. Indeed, artist Jason Brunson, who curated Up in the Air with owner Andrew Van Sickle, was involved with Beautiful Losers. Participating artists include: Ewok, Biff Baxter, Dalek, Jesse Geller, Brett Ryan, Jason Brunson, Tony Curanaj, Richard Coleman, Josh Lazcano, Chris Gliebe, Lydia Fong, Carter Gilliss, and Stephen Powers.
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