Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Brett Chigoy. It has been corrected. 


For a year now, The Hallway has quietly shown artwork by both known and unknown local artists.

Located within easel throwing distance of popular live music venue Warehouse 535, the Garfield Street art venue’s goal is to showcase and sell artwork, as well as to hopefully increase the number of local art collectors at the same time.

So come Saturday, the monthly art show that not coincidentally coincides with Second Saturday ArtWalk, celebrates its anniversary of promoting and encouraging artists and collectors.

The Hallway, 625 Garfield St., opens its doors from noon to 7 p.m.

“We say noon to 7 because we’re all artists, and we don’t want to miss out on ArtWalk,” said Chris Pavlik, who with fellow artists Brett Chigoy and Herb Roe got the concept rolling last year.

Pavlik, whose day job is at the Hilliard University Art Museum, has since gone on to manage The Hallway, but Chigoy and Roe are always at the ready to help.

Artists are scheduled to talk about their work from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

And let’s be clear here: The Hallway is not a gallery.

“What makes us different is A) we’re not a gallery. I call it an art venue because we’re not for profit,” Pavlik said. “The reason galleries are in business, they make money by selling art to people who can afford art. I don’t have those connections, and I don’t have time to push people’s art.”

Another difference is that there’s no fee to hang a couple of pieces of your work.

“I’m just an art cheerleader," said Pavlik said, who pockets nothing when art is sold. "I’ve always been amazed by how active, vibrant and diverse the Lafayette art scene is. I’m not taking any money from you. No fees. All you’re going to do is show up, give me your art, and I will try to sell it for you. For a number of artists, this is their first real place to show.”

The group showing puts known and celebrated artists like Francis Pavy, Lynda Frese and Dutch Kepler beside new and upcoming artists.

“The Hallway shows a range of artists," Pavlik said. "There are people for whom this is their first show. You can buy their stuff for 50 bucks. And there’s people like Francis Pavy. You want to buy a Francis Pavy, and you’ve got $3,000, buy one right here.”

Pavlik recalled, with a hint of envy, a show where a new work was hanging with Pavy’s.

“There was an artist whose very first art show was here,” he said. “And he was showing with Francis Pavy. He’s only like 22. I don’t know if he knew who Francis Pavy was or recognized the significance, but, I mean, hell, I wish my first show was with Francis Pavy, you know? Yeah, that’s cool.”

Pavlik said there's something for everyone, and because the art is rotated, there's a better chance to see a lot more of it.

“Lafayette has never really had a collector’s scene,” he said. “We’ve never cultivated art collectors. And so I’m trying to set up a place where we can do that.”

For years, the warehouse has been home to a recording studio and a couple of art studios where Shigoy, Roe and Pavlik work.

“This came about because we realized this space was already here — it’s already paid for, there’s no overhead — these walls are here whether or not we use them,” Pavlik said.

Well, there’s that and the life of an artist itself that nudged the three artists to do The Hallway where they hope to ease the pain in the wallet of being an artist.

“There’s no other job like it where you have to shell out money just to attempt what we do," Pavlik said. "If you want to enter a show, you have to pay to enter that show.”

And, of course, there’s no guarantee you’re going to sell anything, either.

“You can just be out of money,” he said.

Pavlik compares displaying art with other professions: Let’s say you need a plumber. You solicit three plumbers and tell them all to give you $40 and include their resumes. You pick one plumber but still keep all of the money. And then if you decide you don’t like the work, you make the plumber take it down and take it away and they don’t get paid.

“That’s what being an artist is like,” Pavlik said chuckling. “But no other business would accept this model. We’re stuck with the crazy, unsustainable business model.”

In The Hallway model, once a month, Pavlik sends an email alert to some 40 artists about an upcoming show.

“It’s an open invitation. Whoever wants to show, shows,” Pavlik said. “I don’t really know what I’m hanging until everything’s in hand. I don’t know what the show’s going to look like until I go to hang the show.”

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