December in New York City guarantees three things – hordes of people at Rockefeller Center, a steady drop in the temperature and the occasional cold. While fears of the H1N1 virus have the whole country in the grips of fear contemplating whether to get a flu shot, I am waging my own battle with the common cold. Since the topsy-turvy weather and my cold have kept me indoors this week, I unfortunately was unable to go to any galleries, parties or shows. Then I remembered, thanks to Jessica Porter I have a gallery right at my fingertips.
In 2006, Jessica launched Raandesk Gallery with an accompanying live exhibition in Chelsea. Raandesk Gallery is an alternative to viewing art in a traditional venue allowing anyone with access to the internet the chance to broaden their visual horizons and expose potential art buyers to an experience that is less stodgy than the traditional gallery visit.
Jessica has always dreamed of owning a gallery. The dream was present when she attended the University of Delaware where she studied Art History and French Language & Literature with the intent of becoming an international corporate curator. A dwindling market prompted Jessica to become a consultant for an international fine arts shipper. She also attended at the University of Maryland and received her Juris Doctorate in 2001. Throughout her various career paths, Jessica never abandoned her original dream and in 2005 she began to turn her dreams into a virtual reality.
Raandesk Gallery currently represents over 30 artists and their work is only a click of a mouse away. Along with the virtual gallery, Raandesk conducts several live exhibitions in venues throughout the city including Vino Vino and Gallery Bar. In fact, my first introduction to Raandesk Gallery and Jessica Porter was at Gallery Bar. From our first meeting I could tell that Jessica is passionate about what she does as well as the artists her gallery represents, which is always a good thing for an artist.
ART2Gift, Raandesk Gallery’s latest exhibition, can be found at 16 W. 23rd Street and online. ART2Gift is a multi-medium marketplace that allows consumers to buy cotemporary art at extremely affordable prices ranging from $35 to $500. The exhibition will be on display until January 2010. So if you’re stumped for ideas for Christmas this year, a piece of art might be the way to go. Whether you are viewing the work in person or online Raandesk Gallery always delivers the opportunity to dive headfirst into the world of contemporary art, stuffy nose and all.
To learn more about Raandesk Gallery, their artists and art rental program please visit www.raandeskgallery.com.
Photos courtesy of Raandesk Gallery