On Wednesday, June 1, Haven Gallery will officially open its doors down the street, in the space previously occupied by Carl’s Candies.
“We are so proud and humbled to say that we have bought this building to serve as the perennial home of our artists and programming,” said Erica Berkowitz, who owns the gallery with Joseph Weinreb, in a letter to the Haven community. “Joseph and I are incredulous that this dream has come to fruition and cannot thank our artists, collectors and friends enough for their support in helping us make this growth happen.”
Beginning tomorrow, the gallery will operate permanently out of 50 Main Street. This August will mark Erica and Joseph’s seventh year of exhibitions in town.
Erica described a turbulent experience renting space for the gallery in the last couple of years, including unexpected ownership changes that resulted in Haven’s premature departure from the carriage house space at 155 Main Street (behind Rockin’ Fish). That left the gallery with only its secondary location, 90 Main Street, formerly Northport Hardware Co. That space, said Erica, was too small for the gallery’s needs. “With such uncertainty and lack of permanence, we knew it was time to find a forever home for our gallery and artists,” she said.
“We will always have very fond memories of the carriage house. It was a building where we hosted so many incredible exhibitions, met so many patrons and artists and new friends. It was the embodiment of our intentions and programming with its historical roots, multiple galleries and welcoming stature. We are also grateful to our time at 90 Main Street, whose glass storefront and location enhanced our visibility and resulted in many new friendships. The late 1800s ceiling tiles and beadboard walls influenced our integration of antique furniture pieces within the space to create a homelike feel, with nods to the décor and design of one of our favorite museums, The Frick Collection.”
The gallery’s new space at 50 Main Street has been completely renovated with these designs in mind, Erica continued; it will be an open and welcoming space, bringing back exhibition rooms, wide and greeting archways and historic sensibilities. The three new gallery rooms will include antique furniture and historic paint colors, following museum style sophistication, she added, and will be the perfect backdrop for artworks she and Joe believe in and respect.
“We are so proud and honored to host our artists and patrons in our new space,” she said.
A detailed video of Haven’s renovation journey can be found here.