“The pieces are awe-inspiring, kinetic and truly indescribable. Gallery ML is a place you’ve got to see to believe…” – Philadelphia Weekly
On Friday April 6th, Gallery ML, the world’s first and only collective body art gallery will open the doors to its brand new location with a very special, public First Friday reception.
Known for their over-the-top, unique and immersive First Friday events, the centerpiece of the evening will be dynamic live painting by guest artists Lawren Alice (2011 National RAW Visual Artist Of The Year), Scott Fray & Madelyn Greco of Living Brush (current Bodypainting World Champions), Nix Herrera (Face/Off Season 2), Roustan (Current North American Bodypainting Airbrush Champion), Natasha Kudashkina (2nd Place brush and sponge winner, North American Bodypainting Championship) and more.
The reception will also mark the opening of Central + Remote, 20 days spent in Nicaragua, an exhibition of new work by Philadelphia photographer Eric Ashleigh. With no schedule, and no plans, these pictures display the reality of a troubled culture, and his perception of the beauty the land presented as a dream.
The Grand Opening celebrates Gallery ML’s relocation to 111 Arch Street in Old City, Philadelphia. Boasting nearly four times the wall space of their previous location, the new Gallery ML is conveniently just a block away from the original Market Street gallery and will also house a full photography studio and giclee print lab.
It is Gallery ML’s mission to nurture, promote and celebrate the beautiful fine art side of bodypainting. Through our unique Artist Membership Program, bodypainters from around the world now have a physical destination and opportunity to submit their most original, imaginative representations of body art imagery to display in a respectable gallery setting. Rather than choosing to display cheap, over-sexualized images of body painting that degrade, demoralize and pervert the human figure, Gallery ML’s walls are adorned with art that is incredibly inspirational, unobtrusive and celebratory of the human body as a canvas. Established in April of 2010 and only one of two galleries in the world that has completely dedicated their walls to displaying body painting, Gallery ML is certainly unlike any gallery you’ve seen before.