Halfway down an unassuming alleyway between 27th and 28th avenues heading north from Killingsworth and on the backside of a bike shed, you will find two large framed paintings. Dubbed the Allery, a play on the words “gallery” and “alley,” the work is the brainchild of Jennifer Jones, one of the owners of the residence.
Jones is a collage artist, and during Covid times she spent a lot of her time walking through the neighborhoods. Combining her love of public art and engaging her neighbors and friends with events like “Movies on the Bike Shed” nights, she decided to start this unique gallery in her alley.
Kristen Diederich is the first artist to exhibit on the framed 2′ x 8′ panels. The artist lives in the neighborhood and painted her flower-inspired work directly on the installed wood panels.
Openings for the Allery will be complete with wine and cheese and fall on the traditional gallery opening dates of Last Thursdays.
Jones is looking for other interested artists with the goal of changing out the artwork each month or so. The plywood surface is supplied by the Allery and can be taken to a studio and painted before being installed. All work is for sale, but be aware that the finished work will be open to the elements. Jones plans to start a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on this unique community gallery space.’
Michel Reeverts, aka Maquette, holds a master of arts degree in art education and serves Alberta Art Works as director and Alberta Street Gallery as a board member. She is also a practicing artist. Contact her at Maquette@AlbertaArtWorks.org.