SYRACUSE Editor's Note: After this story was posted, new information came out that the venue for the VersuS Art Gallery opening had been switched to the Southside Convention Center at 2610 South Salina Street from 7 p.m. to midnight. Initially, it was scheduled to be at 248 Lincoln Ave at the corner of Bellevue.
The event is free, and all the information in the story below is accurate. Empire will be serving beverages and Lost & Fondue will still provide the food.
In a text message to The Eagle, Jonathan Cantrell, co-curator, explained what happened. He said the city raised some questions as to how many people can safely be in the space at one time. He said he decided to make the Lincoln Ave. space a gallery but it's listed as industrial office space. He said a gallery can accommodate more people, but he doesn't want to exceed the legal number. He added he's working with the city on a resolution, but it won't happen until after the grand unveiling.
Here is the original story:
It’s an unassuming, run-down building bordering the city’s southside at the corner of Lincoln Ave. and Bellevue (this has been switched to 2610 South Salina Street, the Southside Convention Center), but thanks to the work of a few people, it will become the area’s newest art gallery.
On Saturday from 7 p.m. to midnight, VersuS is holding its version of opening day, with an exhibit that features 30 artists -- all local -- and five local musicians. Harmani Owens, Ty Marshal, Kristie Hayes, Eddie Colleli, Amelia Beamish, Alexey VS.,and TJ Minotaur are just a few of the artists that will be there. It’s completely free and open to everyone.
“Together, we wanted to create a cross-section of the talent that’s in upstate with a focus on showing off Syracuse,” Michael John Heagerty, co-curator, said.