Sewickley Welcomes Art Space 616, Pittsburgh’s Newest Gallery

By Rachel Jones

Art Space 616 Sewickley, Pittsburgh

Photo: Ric Evans

After taking note of the local art galleries that closed their doors, Jessie Britton took the initiative to fill that void in our vibrant community. “As galleries started disappearing, I felt like the creative heart began to dwindle in the area,” Britton says. “I want to bring my version of that back.”

As the owner of the new Art Space 616, Britton invites Pittsburgh’s artists and art lovers to enjoy masterpieces of all mediums in a New York-style gallery. Previously a car dealership, the locale achieves the look with an open floor plan and walls of windows, which pour natural light into the sophisticated space. “Our unique space will help us create different types of exhibitions, including large solo and group shows,” says Elysia Cecchetti, the gallery director of Art Space 616. “Our first year will focus on emerging or established contemporary artists in Pittsburgh. We may branch out to national or international artists in the future, but we will always keep Pittsburgh on the forefront.”

To kick off the community-focused feel, Art Space 616’s grand opening on April 10 will reveal an exhibition of Martin Prekop’s work. The Carnegie Mellon University professor, who teaches photography and painting, brings a versatile collection that spans his 40-year career. “He is a visionary for Pittsburgh,” Cecchetti says. “He’s just amazing and has a lot of work that’s just relatable to everyone.”

The opening runs in conjunction with Sewickley’s Spring Gallery and Art Walk, an annual event that displays local artwork for strolling residents to enjoy. Now, they can take their admiration further with a step inside Art Space 616. “We’re really excited to introduce our gallery to the community,” Cecchetti says. “It makes us feel like we’re doing the right thing to have this place for Pittsburgh artists.”

:: Art Space 616 — 616 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8214.
:: Martin Prekop —
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