This fall will see the grand opening of The Untitled Bottega, an open gallery and studio dedicated to giving new and upcoming creators a place to learn, build, and exhibit. Work of local artists, filmmakers, designers, and musicians will be on display from 9pm to midnight on September 21st in the newly-renovated gallery space at 314 E Baltimore St.

Founded by local artist, Flaco Shalom in June 2011 out of his Iron Street loft, the community arts space was created as reaction to rejection by local art galleries that his work wasn’t “good enough.” Instead of sticking to the traditional curated gallery format, Flaco and the Bottega began to host events of all kinds, talent, and experience in the genres of hip-hop, fashion, art, poetry, and everything in-between. The Bottega quickly outgrew its location and in August of 2012, they were already searching for new space to exhibit.

Flaco, a 2012 Heidelberg Emerging Artist, seeks to provide a space dedicated to “Yes.” “Someone is always going to need their first chance,” says Flaco. “There’s a lot of no’s out there and a few yeses and I want to be the constant yes in the community.”

The opening gala will also preview the next part of the Untitled community, the Untitled Campus: an expanded workplace with dedicated outdoor performance, exhibition, and open studio space for long-term artists-in-residence. The opening will take place as part of the 3rd Annual Detroit Design Festival, a showcase of design and creative innovation across the city. Any individual interested in arts, design, and performance is invited to attend the free night of live performance and collected works by Bottega members.

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