Sunday, February 20, 2011

End of the Gallery at the End

You already know the Gallery at the End of the World is closed. But did you know Ben McGinty is selling the gallery's furnishings? Since the Gallery at the End of the World has always been unusual, the furnishings are a little eclectic as well. You never know when you might need a miniature painted shovel, an old diner counter or a disco ball.

The sale continues today from 9am to 3pm. Next weekend, Ben says he might cut some deals on Saturday (again, 9-3). Then Sunday, 2/27 is blow-out day, when he'll slash prices on what's left. There will be a final, farewell "art bender" barbecue in the cleared-out space on March 26th.

The Gallery at the End of the World has long been the spot for artists to show their work in Altadena. It's a completely unusual, funky space and I know everyone's going to miss it. But don't worry about Ben. He told me he's going to have a break; he's working on other things, other irons, other fires.

18 comments:

Bellis said...

That's a fabulous photo - it'd look great enlarged and framed on my wall. Or as a card to send to my European friends to show them it really is the funky lalaland of sunshine here.

I never got to the Gallery. Tried to go to an Art Show once, but gave up as the small entrance, in the dark, looked like the way into a private club. I wish I'd gone in.

Did you buy anything?

Petrea said...

Almost bought an antique mailbox, but it was too small for us. I liked it, though. A lot of people were buying stuff. I was surprised at how many old travel trunks he had.

Go on up there, Bellis. Even though it's all stripped down a bit, you can still get an idea of what an interesting space it is.

Snow on the mountains this morning!

altadenahiker said...

Our loss.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Why he closing?
Who gains from this??

Petrea said...

I don't know all the circumstances, Cafe. I could speculate, but I won't. I suggest a search of altadenablog for the answers; I'm sure Tim's got 'em.

Petrea said...

Here you go, Cafe:
http://www.altadenablog.com/2010/11/gallery-at-the-end.html

TheChieftess said...

That makes me sad! Especially because I'd not heard of it before and I would've liked to have visited! Wonderul photo Petrea...love the angle, the contrast of the sky and the building..I'm with Bellis...it would make a great photo to hang on a wall!!!

Bellis said...

One of the reasons he's closing is that he didn't sell much, isn't it? People liked to come and look, but not buy. That's me too, I'm afraid, so I guess I'm partially responsible for the loss.

Must head up there to see inside. I've already taken my fill of the snowy mountain views from Hahamongna. Met Denis!

Petrea said...

Thank you, Chieftess.

Did you read the link to Altadenablog, Bellis? He made it work for 16 years, I'd say he did all right.

The views are great today. We can see the mountains from our back windows.

Bellis refers to local photographer Denis Callet, who photographs the wildlife at Hahamongna like nobody else. I should do a feature on him! He's great.

Susan Campisi said...

I do need furniture! And now that you mention it, I could use a mini painted shovel, too. I'm heading over there now.

I agree with Bellis: the photo would make a great postcard.

Petrea said...

Did they still have the mini-shovel?

Susan Campisi said...

I didn't see the mini shovel. I hope it found a happy home. Maybe I just overlooked it.

Katie said...

Love the colors in this photo! Wish I could have gone to the sale. Fun perusing your past posts to see what's been happening in Pasadena the last 2 weeks as I was (mostly) blissfully disconnected from the world while I was on vacation.

Amy said...

I wouldn't mind incorporating a diner counter into my decor. Or a travel trunk or few.

Petrea said...

Susan, I have a feeling you didn't buy anything.

Katie, I'm dying to hear where you went.

Amy, I kinda wanted the disco ball, but it doesn't fit our decor.

TheChieftess said...

Petrea...I can't believe you gave up the disco ball!!!

Petrea said...

I thought about hanging it in the yard to keep squirrels away from my clementine tree...

TheChieftess said...

That just might work...and for those summer evening parties...a little disco dancing!!!