Jan 29, 2009

Cargo Container Art/Performance Venue is up for Grabs!

Cargo Container Art/Performance Venue is up for Grabs!

Long Beach's "Goods Gallery" is a multi-use arts space in search of a
good home.

Since Santa Monica broke ground with Ashes and Snow in 2006, cargo
container structures arrived in L.A.: In Redondo Beach and Venice,
Peter DeMaria built homes out of recycled containers and in Long
Beach, we built a public art/performance venue.

After 3 months and 10 events, the "Goods Gallery" must be moved to
make room for the development of a more permanent art facility.

Owners of the gallery are offering the structure to any non-profit or
school in Los Angeles for free. If no one steps forward, "Goods
Gallery" owner, Ryan Smolar will recycle the containers or consider
offers from the private sector.

"We hope non-profits, schools and City agencies will respond," said
Smolar. "The Goods Gallery can fit in any neighborhood and offers a
sustainable, affordable, reversible alternative - in a down economy –
for art and performance space." The Gallery is posted on E-bay
(starting bid: $2,000) and Craigslist.

The three cargo containers, connected in a U-shape, create an open
courtyard for performances and 150 linear feet of wall space for art
exhibitions. The Goods Gallery will host its last show, a Cal State
Long Beach Student Showcase, on January 31.

The Goods Gallery originated as part of University by the Sea in
October 2008, a day-long festival that transforms downtown restaurants
and streets into a university for a day. With art galleries and spaces
on the decline in the area, Smolar thought University by the Sea could
help bring gallery space to downtown Long Beach.

"I'm proud of this project," Smolar said. "How often can a small
marketing company help transform a blighted city-block into an active
public space? I just hope someone else can get as much good out of it
as we did."

The Goods Gallery partnership included instrumental contributions from
the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, the Port of Long Beach, MHP
Structural Engineers, the Downtown Long Beach Associates, Donelon
Construction, Smolarcorp, ISM: A Community Project, Inc., OOCL,
Matson, Hyundai and Ports America.

To request ownership of the "Goods Gallery," please contact Ryan
Smolar (213) 268-4924 or ryan@smolarcorp.com. For commercial entities,
please visit our E-bay listing (Item # 170296663543)

For more information including photos, events and size specifications,
visit www.GoodsGalleryLB.com

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