has a thriving, vibrant arts scene, largely because of community groups
who take risks in supporting up-and-coming artists. One of these is Gallery
Lombardi. Founded in 1996 by artist Ron Prince, the gallery is known for
showcasing a diverse array of artwork from a variety of local artists.
Arists are grateful for the support the gallery provides.
"Gallery Lombardi stands out because they take more risks -- their themes, their promotion of the community at pivotal times," says artist Suze Kemper. "I think they work very very hard to make sure austin and the people who come to visit austin are well aware of what's going on artistically within the community, and I think they do a great job of promoting it."
Ryah Christensen, another local artist, agrees.
"I think it's unique because a lot of artists feel very supported by Gallery Lombardi -- and I mean a huge amount of artists feel supported by this place," she says. "I feel like we have not only a professional bond but a friendly relationship with Rachel and Ron and the space itself that's been a great place for artists to come together and meet each other . . . it hosts so many different functions besides traditional art functions."
Unlike most galleries, Gallery Lombardi doesn't just promote the works of artists -- it promotes a bond among them.
"I know that if I connect with this gallery and I show my work, I'm going to be in contact with so many different types of artists," says artist Julie Freedman. "Working artists -- people that I can get to know on a more intimate basis and exchange ideas and stay involved and engaged with an artistic community, and I really like that about this gallery."
Produced by Rose Russell.
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