Interning at 621 Gallery this summer has so far been an interesting experience. As a Tallahassee local, I have always paid visits to 621 gallery, mostly on First Fridays. However, Lillian Garcia-Roig, a professor of mine, informed me about the opportunity and how it would help me gain more knowledge in the art and art history world. Being an intern at 621 keeps me busy.
Running a gallery takes a lot of work and maintenance. Day to day I run the 621 STOR, which offers art pieces and collectables the visitor can take home immediately. Some days are slow based on the vibe of Tallahassee, not everyone is game for walking around in the heat to look at art. So when things are a little slower I am responsible for cleaning, taking care of calls, and talking to people if they want to rent out the 621 Annex next door. Around the end of the month is when things start picking up; each month a few new artists are exhibited in the main gallery. So, before then I am responsible for assisting the previous artists with de-installing their work. Which sometimes includes lifting really heavy pieces (Tyler Dearing’s installation). After patching and repainting the holes in the wall, it is time to install the artists’ pieces. I learned how to hang paintings so that they are at the right height, Cynthia Hollis calls this “The rule of 57”, because it bases the height of the painting plus 57 inches. Neat stuff that I never knew, and can definitely use in the future. Once First Friday gets here all the work is paid off. Tons of people flood into the gallery, by far the most full I have ever seen it. During this time, I sell drinks to gallery visitors, help set up, and help put everything away.
My short term goals are just to do as well as I can in the gallery, help out with everything and everyone that needs it, and just take pride in my work. Long term goals are to use this experience to perhaps get a job with a gallery in another town, and after my degree go even further down this road. I am really looking forward to also interning in the fall; there are a lot of auctions that start happening then, and many more fun art events that I’m sure I will learn a great deal.
If you wanna help out a local business and also be a part of some really cool art I would definitely recommend interning here, it has been a very rewarding experience so far.