Chatham-based sculptor Nick De Pirro wants to see Hoboken transform into a contemporary art destination and is hoping his new gallery on Willow Street can serve as its anchor.
De Pirro, who also owns local art services and studio leasing company Project Studios, launched Proto Gallery earlier this year with a soft opening in April followed by a group show that opened in late September.
"The art community in Hoboken really needs a gallery with a strong backbone that will support them and have a strong presence to help elevate our local scene," De Pirro told the Jersey Journal.
"Hoboken is so close to the Chelsea gallery district, but the area is largely unknown," he continued. "We hope to help change this, and will work with current and future partners in Hoboken and Jersey City who also have this vision.”
The gallery's current exhibition, "Proto Intro: One," features 10 contemporary artists who work in a variety of mediums, from painting to photography.
“Proto Intro: One,” is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment, through Nov. 17.
For more information, visit the Proto Gallery website.