Community donations help dream come alive

August 4, 2012 by  

Community donations are helping to bring the Downey Art Vibe (DAV) to fruition.

Director Valentin Flores has been working for five years to realise his non-profit art gallery downtown, but it has only been in the last 12 months that the dream has really come alive.

Flores finally received the keys to the gallery, located at 11140 Downey Avenue, on June 10. After DAV held a succession art shows that were a success, and which inspired the Downey City Council to lease the retail space for the organization to use as a public art gallery.

The city will pay $2,000 a month for the first two years and DAV will pay the rent for the other three years of the five-year contract.

DAV’s mission is to encourage Downey residents to make Downey a place their children would love to live. Downey residents have donated much to the gallery, often remaining anonymous, but always giving from their heart.

The goal is to have the gallery up and running by the end of summer but they are still in need of a public address system and signage. Plans for the 1152 square foot gallery include a meeting area, service area and outside patio area. Hopes are that local restaurants and businesses will be able to be featured with their own art night featuring one-of-a-kind artwork for sale.

Many artists will have prints of their work made through print companies available for sale at art galleries as a more affordable way to own artwork.