A local group of artists debuted their first exhibit while bouncing bass and percussion echoed, glasses were filled with wine and glowing black lights lit up the SL8 gallery Friday.
When the gallery, located at 10 E University Ave., opened its doors at 7 p.m., a constant stream of people filed through the hall and the miniature cinema to see the art made by friends, classmates and strangers.
Local artist 444 IDK chose the artists who would be featured in the show.
The 23-year-old Gainesville resident began the collective to bring creatives together to help each other achieve their individual goals.
Nobody can do it alone, he said.
And he didn’t. One local artist, ZZZ Zawacki, runs her own art business and even helped him create the flier for the opening.
The 24-year-old’s work mostly focuses on clothing, tapestries and acrylic paintings.
While sipping a 2020 Cabernet, she said it took her 1,800 days to complete the pieces in this show and feels proud to have it displayed.
“It’s finally being viewed by other people, and it feels wonderful being able to share my other side to my creativity within my business,” she said.
The main purpose of her work is informing people about psychedelics as alternative medicine. The collective gave her that platform.
“To have an open conversation about harm reduction and drug policies as well as what we can do to expand our consciousness and be more in tune with nature, that’s why I’m here,” she said.
Carly Klingbiel, a 22-year-old Gainesville resident, also joined the collective. She’s grateful to have a space for her art, she said.
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Klingbiel’s work focuses on the exclusion of women throughout history and the divide