As the season changed from winter to spring, Winter’s Bridge, an art exhibit in the Pile of Bricks building, came to an end. However, the next time Pile of Bricks will open its doors will be when an art gallery is installed.
“Over the next couple months I’m working on getting the zoning changed [to residential] and working on getting building permits. Then I’ll be doing major renovations,” Sarah Finestone, owner of the building, said.
The green-colored building located at 2537 Frankford Ave. used to be a printing press for more than 40 years. When Finestone took over, she gave the building its new name.
“It’s one of those things I see everywhere, just all the time every day in this neighborhood and beyond this neighborhood… From buildings being demolished or falling down or burning,” Finestone, 32, said about how Pile of Bricks came about three years ago. “It’s a daily reminder that nothing is permanent.”
Winter’s Bridge, the second art show by Finestone, took place the beginning of spring, April 4 to April 18. The show, which attracted more than 100 people, displayed the work of 24 artists.
“There is a continual passing of our ideas, beliefs and relationships. There is death in the form of disappointment, in things not working out…seasons change, day turns to night and night to day,” Finestone, who is a professional painter, said about her inspiration for the theme of the exhibit.
Winter’s Bridge may have been a success, but Finestone said even greater success will come once the gallery is opened. While the aesthetic and industrial look of the building will remain, other changes, including making the building more energy efficient, will take place in the next couple of months.
“The plan is that in another year we will have another opening and that there will be a gallery and that there will be art studios available,” Finestone said. “I’m excited to have collaborative shows.”
To view more photos from the exhibit, click here.