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For one evening, an empty store front will become a gallery

Union Leader Correspondent

May 16. 2012 9:25PM

LONDONDERRY - An empty unit tucked inside a Londonderry strip mall will become the scene of a unique art exhibit on Friday evening.

Hosted by the Sisters Gift Shop, 'Kajimato: The Art of Emotion' will take place above the popular store, located at the Crossroads Mall.

In the art world, 'popup' galleries are a hot trend. Using an empty commercial space, a popup gallery provides artists with a convenient spot to show off their work while also giving building owners a unique way to show off their available space.

The end result is an event with a fun, spontaneous and synergistic vibe.

This week's event will feature the works of 15 area artists, both emerging and established, with works ranging from sculpture and painted glass to still life, abstract and landscape paintings.

'This will be a fun and classy event,' co-organizer Andy Mack Jr. said. 'The work I've seen from both the veteran artists and emerging artists is simply amazing. Southern New Hampshire has a rapidly growing and deeply talented arts community, and it's exciting to be part of it.'

The event will also be a first-time commercial show experience for several talented student artists from Londonderry High School, selected by art teacher Mimi Johnson.

One lucky student will win 'gallery space' for two months at the newly expanded Coffeeberries, a coffee shop and cafe at the Apple Tree Mall.

The student will also win 'virtual' gallery space online courtesy of the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center as well as art representation through both Mack and Londonderry Fine Arts.

During the show, interested parties can take a closer look at the space, shown by owner Grubb & Ellis, a commercial real estate firm based in Northern New England. There are two spaces that can be leased individually or together - a nearly 4,000-square-foot professional space upstairs and the soon to be available 2,000-square-foot space occupied by Sisters Gift Shoppe.

The home dcor, gallery and design shop will close at the end of May, as co-owners Jill Morland and Kathy Galvin have new opportunities that necessitate the move.

'Kajimato' will take place this Friday evening from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the shop at 965-4411 or visit

Arts Derry Londonderry

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