In August, the Marketplace Gallery – previously known as the Contompasis Gallery – in downtown Albany suffered a major fire, destroying and damaging the art work of more than a dozen artists and leaving the three Contompasis brothers who lived there without a home. The biggest loss of all was Xena, Max Contompasis‘ beautiful American bulldog.
The day after the fire the brothers began working tirelessly to rebuild the gallery and their lives. Now, after nearly six months the Marketplace Gallery is ready to open its doors once again.
“With a huge line-up of NYC and international artists this year, we are intending to give back all that people gave to us,” says Samson Contompasis.
“Through a series of fundraisers, private donations and the sale of paintings and sculpture, we have restored the gallery beyond its former greatness. The Marketplace Gallery is going to provide the Capital Region and beyond with a one-of-a-kind, unique artistic experience forged by the hands and hearts of the working artist.”
The Marketplace Gallery will celebrate its grand re-opening on Friday, February 5, in conjunction with Albany’s monthly First Friday arts walk. The celebration will then continue throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7.
“For the Love of…”
The Marketplace Gallery
Albany, NY 12202
Opening Night: Friday, February 5
Also showing Saturday and Sunday, February 6-7
Additional photos of the Marketplace Gallery