Arts Watch: The First-Ever Lower East Side Photo Walk is Happening on Sunday


Photography lovers, don’t miss the first-ever LES Photo Walk this Sunday, April 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The brainchild of Lesley Heller, owner of Lesley Heller Workspace at 54 Orchard St., the Photo Walk includes twenty-seven unique Lower East Side galleries that currently feature photography.

Heller, who worked with the LES BID to organize, promote and enlist LES gallery participation in the photo crawl, says the Photo Walk coincides with the AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) Photography Show happening April 10-13, which is an event that draws collectors from all over the world.

The idea behind the event? “We’re trying to get collectors and photography lovers into the neighborhood,” Heller says. “We want to start to introduce the idea that there’s photography on the Lower East Side and get the collectors used to coming downtown. We want to build up the recognition for photography on the LES.”

For more information on the LES Photo Walk, go here.


Gallery Goer: LES Opening Night Edition

LES Opening Night Art + Fashion

Last night, art lovers and fashionistas joined forces for Lower East Side Opening Night: Art + Fashion. The event, under the auspices of the LES Business Improvement District, drew nearly  30 participating galleries and more than a dozen boutiques which held opening receptions, staying open until 9 p.m. While the receptions weren’t quite as wine-soaked as last year’s, the atmosphere was buzzy nonetheless and the streets were full of artists, gallery goers and their friends who came to enjoy a night out in galleries and boutiques.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lily, Ellen Jong.

You can always count on Allegra LaViola Gallery for unusual work that gets people chattering. So expect no less from the gallery’s latest show The Invisible Line, a solo exhibition of new work by Ellen Jong curated by Mr. and Mrs. Amani Olu. Also, consider the fact that many of the photographs included in the show appeared in Jong’s book “Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock”.

With that piece of information squared away, we should also note that Ellen isn’t related to the writer Erica Jong (“Fear of Flying”) or Erica’s daughter, the writer Molly Jong-Fast.

TLD Interview: Gallery Owner Lesley Heller

Lesley Heller in her gallery, Lesley Heller Workspace, at 54 Orchard Street. Photo by A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

For some time we’ve been intrigued by the shows at Lesley Heller Workspace on lower Orchard Street. So I was excited to sit down with owner Lesley Heller recently to learn more about her approach to curating shows and hear about the sorts of work that makes an impact on her.  Currently on view at Heller’s space are Tom Kotik and Head Case.

TLD: You moved your gallery to Orchard St. from the Upper East Side in 2010. What sparked the move?

Lesley Heller: I knew I wanted to move to a more dynamic neighborhood and I thought there were so many galleries in Chelsea. And the Lower East Side was just beginning to be a neighborhood of galleries. My gallery was on 92nd St. off Madison for two years, and 77th St. off Madison next to The Castelli for two years.