Niagara Gazette

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May 2, 2014

Art co-op and cafe 24 Below opening at Niagara Club

Niagara Gazette — Art enthusiasts will have a new place to gather across from Niagara Falls State Park.

Andrea and Tina Galyn are holding a grand opening for their new co-op style art space, 24 Below, tonight starting at 7 p.m.

The space, in the basement of the historic Niagara Club, will include a cafe and will offer artisan products like jewelry and locally produced honey for sale alongside paintings and hand-made furniture.

Andrea said they are working with almost 50 artists.

“We’re really just focusing on home-made, locally-made stuff,” she said.

The space will offer classes and other events such as poetry reading and open mic nights.

The Galyns, who are married, have applied for a liquor license and plan to hold a series of art classes with an open bar, a trend that Andrea said is growing throughout the country.

“I almost think it’s going to be like arts and crafts for grown ups,” she said.

Similar classes are consistently sold out in Buffalo, Andrea said.

“The popularity is there,” she said. “We’re missing it.”

The couple looked for a space to open the gallery for about a year before meeting Matt Green and Nirel Patel of Element Development, the group working to restore the Niagara Club and open it as a restaurant space and boutique hotel.

Green and Patel offered a reasonable rent in a great location so the Galyns jumped on it, Andrea said.

“They wanted to bring new life into the Niagara Club and we wanted a space to bring artists together,” she said.

Contact reporter Justin Sondel at 282-2311, ext. 2257

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