Review by Gina Myers
Artwork by Paolo Pedini
May 28th, 2009, Saginaw, Michigan

Please note, as of August 2010, Court Street Gallery is located at 417 Hancock, Saginaw, MI 48602.

On Thursday, June 18, 2009, the Court Street Gallery will open its doors to the public for the first time. Located above Adomatis Antiques at 414 Court Street, between Michigan and Hamilton in Old Town Saginaw, the 2,000 square foot space is currently being converted into a gallery and artist co-op studio space.

Drawing inspiration from non-traditional spaces that display art like the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit and Red Ink Studios in Flint, owners Paolo and Sarah Pedini hope to create an environment where creative people can create and display their work, and they believe Saginaw is a great place to open such a venture.

"The building itself has high ceilings which results in having lots of wall space. The rooms are large which can accommodate lots of art and room for people to come in and view the exhibits," said Paolo. "We have built relationships with some of the business owners in Old Town, and we firmly believe that our gallery will be an essential part of the neighborhood."

The gallery will feature art exhibits that showcase painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and every possible form of art that can be found in the Tri-City area. While local artists will be predominantly featured, Paolo hopes to show work by non-local artists too. "I think it's important to bring in art from other parts of the world to further the sense of community and culture," he added. The gallery hopes to change the work on a monthly basis, and community education courses are also under development.

The first show will feature art by Paolo and Matt Lewis, who are two co-op artists currently using the studio space, as well as Amanda N. Simmons, Jen Sikora, and Gary Sieradski. On opening night from 6 – 10 p.m., Cork and Ale will be on site, and there will also be food available.

While the owners look forward to opening night, they also look forward to a more distant future which they hope holds bigger and better events with more art and more culture in Saginaw. For more information on the Court Street Gallery, visit