Public Swim is a space where distinct groups will gather together to form a lively community where everyone feels welcome, and relationships are valued and supported. It’s a space where contemporary art collectors and emerging artists can come together for engaged conversation and art viewing pleasure. Refreshingly non-elitist, SWIM, short for “someone who isn’t me,” is a nod to the inclusive internet culture that so often provides a platform for underrepresented artists and levels the water for consumers as well. Everyone is invited to this pool party.
Public Swim fosters a professional, casual environment, exhibiting works by both emerging and mid-career artists with a focus on themes and subjects rooted in the real, material world. An open space for artists and art enthusiasts alike, events and programs will range across solo and curated group shows, talks, readings and community events. In an effort to build meaningful relationships between artists and the gallery “First Fridays” portfolio reviews will be offered along with the chance for select artists to participate in a Summer Residency, culminating with a solo presentation of their work.
Founders Madeleine Mermall and Catherine Fenton Bernath value accessibility, affordability and intentionality, as fundamental to their programming approach and both want the gallery to become a neighborhood focal point and gathering place.
“We believe in accessibility and that everyone should be able to live with a piece of art they love. There’s too many barriers to collecting art so in addition to the works for sale in the gallery we’re excited to offer unique art objects and prints available online at varied price points.”