In early 2011 Rob Festa and Brian Crete forged their current home at 767 Centre Street and opened its doors to the public in April with two inaugural shows: "JP to Me: Defined by Light" and "Art Deco". Since then the gallery has been host to 25 themed assignment group shows and over 20 solo shows on its signature wall, The Revolver @ UFG. True to its mission, UFORGE is proud to offer its creative community with the best opportunities for new, emerging, and established artists along with educational workshops and demonstrations.
Last Saturday UFG celebrated its anniversary with a champagne-and-chocolate "Friendraiser" that included an array of chocolate treats (made with love by gallery intern Amanda Lomax), plentiful champagne, and some great raffle prizes consisting of art and alcohol. Representatives from the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, the JP Arts Council, and the Eliot School spoke about the gallery's collaborative programs and contributions to the JP community, while also reminiscing about the gallery's miraculous transformation from a crumbling hair salon into a pristine white-walled exhibition space. (For photos of the process, see our facebook album!)
UFORGE has fostered several partnerships with local organizations such as The Footlight Club at Eliot Hall, The Eliot School of Applied and Fine Arts, Friends of The Jamaica Plain Branch Library, Divine Stage Works and the Loring-Greenough House. “The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club offers its most sincere congratulations to its neighbor and collaborator, UFORGE,” said Ed Stanley, president of the Loring-Greenough House. “We look forward to many more years of celebrating and creating cutting-edge art in and surrounded by JP's incredible historic spaces.”