GALA Exhibits
A curatorial project in the City of Glendale, CA.
About

ABOUT GALA

GALA Exhibits is a curatorial project coordinated with the City of Glendale and local property owners interested in promoting the arts. The project features emerging and established artists through a series of exhibitions in temporarily available spaces. Organized by John David O’Brien, GALA Exhibits aims to open a new awareness of the potential for familiar civic and commercial space to provide a fertile ground for innovative cultural exploration

History

In 2010, the City of Glendale developed an art in storefronts program to address the effects of vacant storefronts in the downtown area. The first program, GATE, was implemented for one year and saw successful results. The intent of the program is to utilize downtown vacancies as temporary art galleries or show windows and activate the frontage. This program features professional quality gallery installations to be viewed by pedestrians. The program also enhances existing downtown cultural and citywide events and attracts further creative events and programs.

GATE
(Glendale Area Temporary Exhibitions) was a curatorial project coordinated with the City of Glendale and featured emerging and established artists through a series of exhibitions in temporarily available spaces. Organized by PRACCIS, a creative collaboration exploring interactions of public art, design and media, GATE ran from Fall 2010 through Fall 2011.

For the historical trace on line: www.gateprojects.org

GALA (Glendale Area Loves Art) follows up on that trace with a series of exhibitions and installations slated to run from Fall 2014 through Fall 2015. The project aims to intervene into the retail fabric of this well trafficked area with an innovative cultural program of exhibitions and events. GALA Exhibits, a curatorial project in the City of Glendale, CA, is grateful for the support from the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission and is funded through the Urban Art Program.

GALA program manager and curator
John David O’Brien is an artist, curator and arts writer active in the greater Los Angeles since 1990. He is currently the curatorial coordinator for the Sturt Haaga Gallery at the Descanso Gardens.

His role in the visual arts has ranged from directing spaces, to artist-organizing and curating exhibitions at a local, regional and international level. He has curated exhibitions at the Los Angeles World Airport, Ben Maltz Gallery at OTIS, Los Angeles, CA, Williamson Gallery at Art Center, Pasadena, CA, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA, Cabrini Gallery at Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA and he directed the long-term exhibition space “at the Brewery project,” in downtown LA from 1997 until 2007. (www.atthebreweryproject.com)

He also serves on the exhibition committees and boards for non for profit organizations and collaborated on structuring project spaces that create venues for new and experimental art forms, ephemeral and long term. O’Brien has received awards ranging from a Fulbright scholarship to a Pasadena Art Alliance grant to a California Community Foundation Fellowship.