Hidden Gem: The Piano Factory [VIDEO]

The former piano factory was converted into artist lofts in 1974.

Its massive presence has stood on Tremont Street since 1853. Once the Chickering Piano Factory, it was converted to an artist community known as the Piano Craft Guild in 1974. The Gallery, with its wood beams and stone columns, showcases the work of Boston’s finest young talent.

“It’s the pulse of the building,” says James de Crescentis, current director of the gallery. “It extends to the neighborhood and community - at times people just wander in from the street when they see the activity inside.”

Famed, right-brained prodigies have been known to dwell here. Well-known artists like Paul Goodnight, Milton Derr, Ken Beck, and Catherine McCarthy currently call the surrounding lofts home. And the original members of Blue Man Group once resided here.

Exhibits, which rotate each month, focus on up-and-coming artists of all disciplines- some who received formal training locally and others who simply possess innate ability. The gallery, which is mostly tenant-run, takes only 10 percent of any art that sells. All exhibits and openings are free and open to the public.

“Our mission, put simply, is to keep going,” says De Crescentis, “making sure there are exhibits happening long into the future.”

Current Exhibit: Dynamic and large works on paper by 21-year-old artist, Alexa Guariglia. A local to Boston and the Cape, Alexa recently graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

Upcoming Exhibits & Events: Alexa Guariglia - Closing Reception; Friday July 29th 6-10pm. Free and open to the public.

Gods & Monsters – New Sculptures by John Hooker; August 5-26. Opening Reception – Friday August 5, 6-9pm.

The Gallery at the Piano Factory is open Fridays 6-8pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 12-5pm.

Christopher Treacy July 25, 2011 at 05:23 PM
Well done, Mich - video is really carefully edited and the feel of the gallery comes across quite nicely.


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