Doors are mysterious, and at the same time, hopeful images that are purposefully used in art and literature. In Christian mythology, doors and gates are symbols of communication with the heavens. In dreams, doors are said to be symbols of transition from a stage of your life to another, marked by the welcoming or menacing condition of the door.
For gallery owner Melissa Tiffany of the newly relocated Orange Line Gallery (OLG), doors are used as modular wall units in her new space. Much of the current show there, "In Fine Fettle," hangs from doors that are hinged together in zigzags, standing together in groups of three that create a labyrinth-like interior.
The result is an interior pattern that directs the viewer into confined areas where the focus is on individual pieces hanging from each door. The simple idea leaves room for endless options of interior design.
"I got the doors from Habitat for Humanity. I love that place," said Tiffany, who is still putting work into the overall interior space.
About two-thirds of the 2000 square feet of gallery are complete.
The rest is used for conference space and a studio that Tiffany uses to produce her own art. There are ideas "in the works" for the space that Tiffany will undoubtedly make reality.
The new location on the 300 block of Montgomery Street is a big change from OLG's previous one at Coffee Pavilion in Hanover Square. It is now neighbor to Onondaga Historical Association's museum and archives, the downtown YMCA (home of gallerY), St. Paul's Church and the recently renovated Masonic Temple building. Beautiful and convenient, the block expands downtown to the Civic Center, the OnCenter and the Everson.
"Just look at this view," Tiffany said. " I love Montgomery Street. I love the business owners who are neighbors and the soup kitchen across the street. It all makes sense, just like in any community if you take the time to learn about humans."