ArtHouse429 opened its doors with a formal inaugural exhibition on the evening of January 17, 2013. This new venture founded by designer and sculptor William Halliday has taken up residence in the heart of the Northwood Village business district. This rejuvenated neighborhood has become a pioneering area for young artists, entrepreneurs, designers and architects who enjoy the dramatic spirit of a recently developed area that offers the excitement of innovation and renovation, giving vintage spaces a fresh life and sparkle.
The gallery has been custom designed by Halliday to offer the best possible interior exhibition environment for a variety of contemporary art, plus an exciting landscaped sculpture garden and an open air special events and reception area on the second floor terrace. The gallery project follows the same advantages that were available to art dealers in underdeveloped urban areas such as SoHo and Chelsea in Manhattan and the Wynwood art district in Miami. The completely renovated showplace located on 25th Street is at the center of renewed activity and energy on the street, exhibiting first class innovative works of art that parallel and exemplify the fresh spirit in this neighborhood.
Connected to the ground floor exhibition area is the working studio of gallery owner/artist William Halliday, where the artist fabricates and assembles his intriguing and original metal sculptural forms. Halliday’s hands-on approach has been evident throughout a long career that includes architecture and interior design, as well as designing and fabricating custom cars, motorcycles and aircraft, custom furnishings and commercial installations. He has taken the best of his experiences and poured them into sculptural objects, producing polished, surrealist steel and aluminum forms that allow the viewer to literally reflect on the form, while enjoying a 360 degree inspection.
The gallery’s curator is Bruce Helander, a well-known and respected artist and art critic, who has curated numerous shows for galleries and museums, including a recent survey of works by the celebrated painter Hunt Slonem at the Coral Springs Museum of Art. He is a former White House Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. His work was included recently in the Christie’s auction of the Dennis Hopper estate. He also is a frequent contributor of art reviews for The Huffington Post and is the editor-in-chief of The Art Economist. “This new and modern gallery is a very positive sign for the continued creative energy and business growth that is exploding the Northwood historic neighborhood,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of it!”