Lower East Side-Themed Art Exhibit Coming to Bowery Whole Foods

By Lisha Arino on July 23, 2014 2:14pm 

 The Whole Foods on East Houston Street between Chrystie Street and the Bowery is teaming up with the Lower East Side Business Improvement District to open a pop-up gallery in the supermarket's second-level mezzanine in September.
The Whole Foods on East Houston Street between Chrystie Street and the Bowery is teaming up with the Lower East Side Business Improvement District to open a pop-up gallery in the supermarket's second-level mezzanine in September.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — Art inspired by the Lower East Side is coming to Whole Foods.

The grocery chain's Bowery location will open a pop-up gallery in September, offering an exhibit of neighborhood-centric pieces, said Natalie Raben, spokeswoman for the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, which is co-hosting the show.

Whole Foods and the BID are asking artists to submit drawings, paintings and photos for the show, which will be hung on the second-floor mezzanine. A panel of BID and Whole Foods representatives, as well as community group like Fourth Arts Block, will choose five winners whose work will be on display for a month.

“This is a great opportunity for visual artists who don’t necessarily have their work currently in a Lower East Side gallery to get on board and be part of the art in the neighborhood,” Raben said.

The pieces chosen will likely be more representative than abstract, and must be easy to hang on a wall, Raben said.

Artists have until the third week of August to submit their work via ArtHere.org.

The winners will be announced on Sept. 4 as part of a preview party for the BID’s third annual LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion event, which will take place Sept. 7, Raben said. LES Opening Night will feature more than 40 art openings, a block party and fashion show.

Raben said she hopes to host additional shows in Whole Foods in the future, including work from local schools and community groups.

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