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Alizarin, A New Fine Art Gallery, Opens in Downtown Durham

ImageBy Brandon Cordrey

After an extended and successful career in pharmaceuticals, Catherine Crumpton has joined the Durham arts community by opening Alizarin Gallery. She decided Durham was the right spot for this business venture because she grew up in Durham and has seen the city’s downtown transform over the years.  Eager to be a part of that transformation, she opened Alizarin in Suite 200 of 119 West Main Street near 5 points.

Armed with a strong business background, Catherine consulted with others knowledgeable in Durham’s visual art scene before opening, including Katie Seiz of the Durham Art Guild and Laura Richie from The Carrack, to learn more about what Durham needed in a new gallery. With many galleries already in business in Durham, Alizarin will set itself apart by being a place for artists who do not fit into non-profit or co-op spaces. Alizarin has already started exhibiting work by emerging and established artists from North Carolina and out of state. The majority of the work exhibited to date has been representational to high-realism landscape and still life work, plus ceramics. As the gallery grows they plan to show a wide variety of work in their beautiful exhibition space. Catherine has put together a panel to give curatorial opinions and review artist submissions. Although currently hung salon style, the gallery will soon have rotating exhibitions.Image 2

While Alizarin’s main function will be to exhibit and promote artists, Catherine plans to open the space to other communities as well. Several events have already taken place at the gallery. The first artist led workshop already took place in January. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and by appointment, the gallery is also open late for the Third Friday art walk.

Any artist interested in submitting a gallery proposal to Alizarin is encouraged to do so by email. Visit the gallery’s website to inquire about purchasing, renting for events or participating in upcoming workshops!

119 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Brandon Cordrey is a studio artist working mainly in mixed media collage. He also works at CAM Raleigh, Flanders Gallery, Visual Art Exchange and Arts Access. Follow him on Twitter @BMCordrey or email.


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