The largest apartment complex in town had a problem.
In the clubhouse anchoring the Greystone at Widewaters complex, there was hallway sparsely decorated with pieces of purchased art.
It barely made a dent in the space the complex has, so resident manager and self-proclaimed gallery director Jennifer Greenacre decided to turn it into a full-blown gallery, also Knightdale’s first.
“We just got tired of looking at (the purchased artwork),” she said. “The owners of the property are very community-minded so we’re always trying to think of things that will involve Knightdale as a community and give back a little bit.”
The gallery is set to open June 5 and will showcase a few pieces of art from the artists lined up to display their art for the next year or so.
Eventually, Greenacre said, the gallery will grow to use a spare room in the clubhouse – a business center room – to become a room to display children’s art. She plans to curate work from local elementary schools.
At first, she wanted to only feature Knightdale artists but found that pool might be too small. She has since expanded to include artists from across the county, with a focus on eastern Wake County.
“(The gallery will) give people a chance to see more culture (and) display art,” Greenacre said.
As a resident manager, creating and curating an art gallery was a new experience for Greenacre.
“When you decide you’re going to turn the space into a local art gallery, it doesn’t sound as in-depth as its been,” she said. “(You have to) find artists who are willing to commit, bring in their art (and) bring in stuff that’s appropriate.”
The gallery will be open to the public even though it is in the apartment complex’s clubhouse.
It will be open the same hours as the leasing office: Monday throught Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.