Cleo the Gallery welcomes all people to explore and experience art, creativity and our shared humanity as you stroll through this one woman operation at 2204 Skidaway Road (inside Abode Studios) now open Tuesday-Saturday 12-6pm.
As for the art, the owner and head curator, Jeanette McCune usually selects less established artists in the US and abroad that seriously benefit from showing at the gallery and having work for sale. She gravitates towards work that has humor and honesty as well as good design aesthetic. Ms. McCune comes from a background in fine art, graduating from MICA in Baltimore with a sculpture degree. She moved to Melbourne, AUS where she worked at No One Special with the wonderful Ben Jones to put on shows and curate the library. Then on to Montreal, Canada to work with Anteism Publishing to hand bind artists books and catalogues. And currently has built up Cleo the Gallery with 9 moveable walls plus a stage in an open concept studio space.
Cleo’s mission is to serve artists, dismissing the predilection towards a favor economy in the art world and helping support the livelihoods of under exhibited artists as radical redefinition of the balance of power between gallery and artist. This includes paying each artist exhibiting a percentage of the value of their pieces upfront as ‘rent’ for the time spent in the space and offering financial, and in some cases physical, support in transporting the work to the space as the budget allows.
They believe in transparency and as such will be publishing on their website the allocation of funds for each exhibition cycle at the close of the show.
The library within the gallery hosts a revolving selection of 3-4 publications from the owner’s personal library of artists books, magazines, catalogues, poetry books and novels for viewing at the space over a two week period. They will be chosen with specific curatorial intent, most often in tangent with the work being shown. These selections will be archived on their website and available to be brought to the gallery space for viewings, by request, outside of their two week open showing.
The gallery rotates their shows roughly every 45 days and they notify people through Instagram, Facebook and mailing lists. Make sure to sign up to get information about opening receptions. The current show is ‘A Humid Humming’ up until May 13th!