Kehler Liddell Gallery (KLG) is located in the heart of picturesque Westville village in New Haven, CT in the midst of a variety of shops and restaurants at 837 Whalley Avenue, not far from the Yale campus.
Founded in 2003 by eight artists as a cooperative gallery owned and operated by member artists, it was an outgrowth of the Westville based arts renaissance program and Art Lofts West (ArLoW), affordable artist housing.
Cooperative galleries present a cost-sharing model that many artists find desirable. Member artists pay a monthly fee and share volunteer services such as gallery sitting, basic maintenance, hanging exhibits, etc., in trade for a substantially reduced gallery commission on sales of their work. Exhibitions of member’s work, as well as invited artists, are presented throughout the year. Monthly openings, related programs, and events are free and open to all.
Long time gallery member, sculptor Joseph Saccio recalls, “I liked the idea of a gallery comprised of a group of artists working together and sharing experiences.”
Affordable artist housing, a cooperative gallery, a wide variety of community outreach programs, and strong community support have contributed to KLG becoming New Haven’s longest running retail gallery to date.
Kehler Liddell Gallery is rapidly expanding its schedule of community arts programs and events for all ages. Beyond the monthly gallery exhibitions, artist talks, workshops, family movie nights, story-time events, demonstrations, musical performances, and theatre troupes are presented at no cost. An apprenticeship program to gain experience in retail gallery management has recently been created.
Recently, KLG has partnered with The ArtEcon Initiative, a neighborhood-based non-profit whose mission is to support, foster, and in some cases help develop community arts programs for ArLoW tenants and their neighbors. This project was awarded a community Arts Grant from the city of New Haven and earned further support from the neighborhood through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.
Currently KLG represents 20 emerging as well as established elected artist members whose work ranges from abstract to figurative in a variety of techniques.
Gallery Director, Elizabeth Antle-O’Donnell acknowledges, “ Kehler Liddell Gallery has an impressive history in New Haven with a reputation for presenting top notch visual arts by some of Connecticut’s finest artists. As we look to the future, our goal is to continue to build upon our vibrant community arts programming that makes this space such a unique and dynamic destination for the arts.”
A good time to visit and enjoy lively Westville Village is on Second Saturdays, For the Love of Art when KLG, many businesses, and local artists participate in special events and opening receptions.
Kehler Liddell Gallery is located at 873 Whalley Avenue, New haven, CT.