Sonia Sajnani said she is not sure what The Space will become, but it will open with what she hopes will be a bang on Saturday night from 8-10pm.
Formerly the AwardArt gallery, the unit at Caymanian Village will host ‘Homecoming’, an art party featuring work by several artists, including Jared Olsever.
“It’s an exhibit and an art party,” Olsever said. “We are trying to sell our work, but that’s not what it’s really about.”
He said he wants people to come just to enjoy the vibe.
“We’ll have DJs, but it won’t be like a rave,” he said. “It will be mellower kind of chill.”
Attendees can enjoy food catered by Tillie’s and there will be a cash bar.
Work by John Reno Jackson, Elena McDonough, Simon Tatum and Sajnani will be on display. There will be paintings, photography and video.
A news release on the exhibit says the artworks on display are “inspired by the ideas of dreams, visions and dualities. Where do we go when our minds wander, and why do our thoughts always return home? What is nostalgia, what is fantasy?”
Sajnani owns Style Bar, a boutique that provides hair, make-up and personal beauty creative work. She is also a registered nurse for Novo Clinic and does such things as Botox injections. She plans to bring that bent to The Space, but sees it as more than that.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while,” said Sajnani, who came to Cayman three years ago. “People seem to be looking for a place to manifest whatever they want to create. I feel it’s really going to be taking on a number of things it seems there’s a need for.”
Some of the events she anticipates being held at The Space include yoga classes, nutrition seminars and even pre-wedding styling and photo shoots.
Photographer Julie Corsetti, whose Deep Blue Images maintained a studio at the back of the AwardArt Gallery, has remained. She’s been joined by Cortez Vernon who does graphic-oriented art, Sajnani said.
Sajnani said she wants to do larger events, such as Saturday’s art party, on a quarterly basis.
“A pop-up shop may be the next event,” she said, adding that some people have approached her with that idea. She expects it would put a spotlight on local jewellery makers and also offer clothing.
The more elements she can feature, the better, she said.
“It’s a good venue to bring people together,” Sajnani said. “I’m going to see what life it takes on.”