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Gallery Jones move boosts east side visual-arts hub
Gallery Jones is opening a new gallery space Saturday on the east side in the city’s growing art district known as The Flats.
The gallery is moving into about half of the space formerly occupied by Winsor Gallery at 258 East 1st Avenue. The two galleries are holding a joint opening to mark the occasion.
Shane O’Brien, one of the owners of Gallery Jones, said the gallery was moving to be part of city’s new visual arts hub.
“We’re looking forward to being part of the community of The Flats,” O’Brien said.
“It’s a question of not being too far away from the centre of downtown and finding a large empty space that’s somewhat affordable. Running a small business is very difficult in Vancouver. It’s always driven by cost of real estate.“
Since Gallery Jones opened in 2004, it has been at 1725 West 3rd Ave., just west of Granville Island. The area has recently become a neighbourhood of high end car dealerships.
The East 1st space has been converted into two galleries: Gallery Jones is taking the west gallery and Winsor will remain in the east gallery. A passageway will continue to connect the two.
The shift of the gallery scene east started in 2006 when Catriona Jeffires Gallery moved from South Granville into a converted warehouse space on East 1st. In 2012, Equinox Gallery moved east followed by Monte Clark Gallery a year later. There are now more than 15 commercial and artist-run galleries in The Flats which covers an area roughly from Main to Clark and from the railway tracks to Broadway.
The area takes its name from the False Creek Flats that was once a major industrial area in the city.