The Living Gallery BK was founded in 2012 by artist Nyssa Frank as a welcoming place where artists and creators could manifest their dreams into reality. Since then the venue has hosted art shows, film screenings, spoken word nights, concerts, community events and much more.
It was there that the now married couple Joseph Meloy and Alexandria Hodgkins first met. It was their dream to someday open a similar space but they assumed it would have to be someplace outside the city and when they were older and had more financial stability.
On June 23rd, 2017 Meloy and Hodgkins walked past a sign for an affordable storefront for rent in the East Village and they couldn’t believe their eyes. They called Frank and asked if she would be interested in expanding with them to The Village and their excitement grew when she said yes. When the trio first visited the space and saw it was in the colorful and historic “53 Avenue B” building they knew something special was happening. A week later The Living Gallery Outpost was born!
The Outpost will have a similar model to the original Bushwick location but with a slant for intimate and special events. In addition, the space will include a small boutique aspect and an arts and culture walking tours to celebrate the unique spirit of this historic neighborhood.