There’s one thing in particular that we always strive to do with each issue, feature, or interview we share in-print or online, and that is to make art accessible. It’s also one of the characteristics that Highland Park’s co-LAb Gallery was founded on and continues to propagate. The gallery’s upcoming annual $100 Show is emblematic of it’s continued work to connect the community with art.
“If I had to sum up co-LAb in 3 words, I would say ‘affordable, curated art,'” says gallery assistant Jenny Dally. “We believe wholeheartedly that art is for everyone and we strive to make co-LAb an inclusive, welcoming space for all artists and art-lovers. The stereotypes about elitism in the gallery world are outdated and we don’t think there is any room for that at co-LAb.”
The $100 Show is co-LAb’s way to show off the immense list of amazing artists they work with and offer their work to the community at an accessible price. While all of the gallery’s shows are based on this same idea, the $100 Show is the full realization of their mission to support emerging LA artists, connect them with the community, and create an inclusive space filled with “good art and good vibes.”
The idea for the $100 Show originally came about when the gallery’s curator Kristin Hector was thinking of how they could create an even more affordable way for the co-LAb community to collect art. “$100 is kind of the magic number, a price that is both fair to the artist and appealing to the consumer. We feel obligated both to representing artists and cultivating their careers, while also serving the community and the $100 Show epitomizes that balance,” says Dally.
co-LAb has 55 artists participating, many of which have showed with co-LAb before, but also including artists that are new to the gallery’s walls. We imagine there will be something for everyone, with pieces running the gamut of styles, mediums, and techniques.
“The craziest part is that we’re just over a week away from the show and artists are still asking us if they can submit work!” says Dally. We’re flattered that people want to participate, but I don’t even know where we would put anymore art – the walls are going to be packed. ”
The $100 Show opens this Friday May 19th at 7pm for 3 days only. Cash and carry.