Raw for Reel | Manhattan Times

Story by Sherry Mazzocchi

Photo: Cristóbal Vivar

Where there’s a will, there’s an art gallery.

A lot of people have dreams that never quite make it past the desire stage. But others plan and forge ideas into reality by hard work and the force of sheer will.

Aaron Simms walked Inwood’s major corridors, looking for space. First Dyckman Street, then Broadway toward 207. That’s when he saw it: an empty storefront that would make the perfect pop-up art gallery.

“I willed it into existence,” he said. “We need this.”

The formerly empty space adjacent to the lobby of The Stack at 4857 Broadway will feature art by a host of Northern Manhattan artists.

Simms is the founder of Inwood Art Works, which is presenting two exhibits in the found space. October’s “Focus on Photography” features the work of seven local artists. The November show, “Bridging the Invisible Divide,” is about using art as a platform to bring people together.

Simms said the gallery is just a raw space. “We’re not apologizing for it. There’s no funding for Inwood arts groups,” he said.

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Focus on Photography is a pop-up art exhibition celebrating the work of Inwood photographers and art that connects to the community’s vibrant uptown culture. This curated exhibition will run October 5-29 at the Inwood Art Works Gallery at 4857 Broadway (“The Stack”) between 204th Street and Academy Street. Featured artists will include: Robert and Robbie Bailey, Bruce Katz, Stephen Mallon, Tom Okada, Luis Pons, Cristobal Vivar, and Bob Wagner.

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