I recently mentioned the eo art lab in Chester, and now I see they’re having a reception, along with a walk-and-talk, for their new group show on Friday. The gallery is owned by a local architect who, as it happens, was the first gallery owner I ever saw use Facebook. We were even Facebook friends for a short while, but I zapped the connection when I was still unsure what Facebook was or whether my privacy was being compromised. Today, I can’t imaging having a gallery without using Facebook to get support for a gallery opening.
Rather than post a piece of art, I got a shot of the gallery itself. The architect-owner, whose name is John R. Schroeder, made a lot of people nervous when he demolished the building at this lot. Downtown Chester is a small, fragile community and neighbors feared something overscale and garish would go in its place. The new building, now a few years old, is larger that its neighbors, but its style blends so well, and the black paint makes it seem to recede into the background. The interior is beautiful, cleverly planned, and a little high-tech, too: movable walls and a discreet projector allow a quick conversion into a small film screening room.
More on the gallery, and the Chester area, here.