Friday, May 22, 2009


"Submerged" by Edward Evans, Acrylic on linen, 2005

526 West 26th Street #403
New York, NY 10001

Press Release: May 18, 2009

Allen Projects and Franklin 54 Gallery are pleased to present the first opening of our new space at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 403 in Chelsea.

June 4, 5 and 6th, we will be open 10-6 Thursday - Saturday.
Please join us for the opening reception of our new space on Thursday evening, June 4th from 6 to 9 pm. We continue the festivities with a press reception, Friday, June 5th from 10-6P and an open house on Saturday, June 6th with a reception from 3-6 pm.

Michel Allen of Allen Projects and Joyce Pommer of Franklin 54 Gallery have joined forces and opened a new gallery together in the "Robert Miller building." Our gallery names and companies will remain separate yet we will collaborate as one gallery space alternating exhibitions.

Southern entrepreneur and Allen Gallery director, Michel Allen, has been curating exhibitions in New York since 2000. Originally launching her career in New York in the Fall of 1999, Ms. Allen was recruited to work in sales at Soon thereafter, completed a Masters in Art Management and Business Administration from New York University, where she also received a certificate in appraisals from NYU. Later was then recruited to launch ART+AUCTION's and worked at Sotheby's in trust and estates. While working in art publishing, Michel was consulting and represented several artists, which she works with today.

Joyce Pommer, Franklin 54's director/curator is an artist with 20 years of experience in the artworld and 5 years as the owner of the gallery.

The group show opening Thursday, June 4th from 6 to 9 titled "Summer Cocktail" will feature a mixture of the old and new artists the gallery will introduce for the first time. Allen Projects will feature the work of Pinkney Herbert and Lisa Corrinne Davis, both new to the gallery. Franklin 54 will show the work of Edward Evans.

For future information please contact Joyce Pommer at 917-821-0753 and/or Michel Allen at 917-202-3206