Gallery Closes After 23 Years On Upper West Side

By Leslie Albrecht on June 30, 2010 3:09pm | Updated on June 30, 2010 3:07pm

Summa Gallery says its landlord wants its space back, so the gallery is closing its doors after 23 years on the Upper West Side.
Summa Gallery says its landlord wants its space back, so the gallery is closing its doors after 23 years on the Upper West Side.
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By Leslie Albrecht

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER WEST SIDE — After 23 years in business, Summa Gallery on Amsterdam Avenue and West 85th Street is closing its doors.

The gallery's landlord wants the space back, so the contemporary art dealer and custom framer is moving out, said co-owner Donald Pandina.

"We've had the most fantastic 23 years here on the Upper West Side," Pandina said as he packed up boxes in the gallery Wednesday. "Some of our clients have become friends."

The gallery's showings over the years included works by Picasso, Salvador Dali and New York printmaker Frederick Mershimer.

Co-owners Pandina and Sal Cigna opened the gallery in Brooklyn Heights in 1968. They moved to the Upper West Side in 1987.

Summa Gallery showed its final painting on Wednesday, a colorful work by a 5-year-old neighborhood resident who wanted "to represent his sorrow" at the gallery's closing, Pandina said.

"It was the most touching thing," Pandina said. "He just loved the store."

The child's painting hung in the gallery's window below a farewell message from Cigna and Pandina. Above that, a picture of a broken heart was posted.

"We will miss our gallery and the beautiful images that our talented and outstanding artists displayed," read the note. "We must thank everyone for a wonderful 42 years and we hope that we and you will live happily ever after."

Summa Gallery on Amsterdam Avenue and W. 85th Street is closing its doors after 23 years in business. Posted in the window is a painting by a neighborhood child who was sad to see the art dealer leave.
Summa Gallery on Amsterdam Avenue and W. 85th Street is closing its doors after 23 years in business. Posted in the window is a painting by a neighborhood child who was sad to see the art dealer leave.
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