Stride Arts, a brand-new art and exhibition space in the heart of Manhattan held its Grand Opening, before opening to the public on Friday, May 17. Founded and directed by Angel Zhang, the gallery specializes in working with modern and contemporary artists and presents some of today’s most notable and passionate emerging and established artists while offering a variety of ownership options and rental services for art aficionados.
For the opening exhibition, they are presenting work from Peter Andrew Jeschke “Paj”, Clovercroft, New Hampshire, Chu Okoli, Houston, TX, Dominick Anthony Dejesus, New York, Kerstin A. Roolfs, New York, Kate Thomas, New York, Xin Song, New York, John Shorb, New York, Novorozhkin (Jarema Khrushch) Chicago, Nancy Langer, New York, Xiuping Liao, Taiwan, Jingxing Yan, and Xiangdong Chen, New York, who will hold a solo show at the gallery space in mid-June.
During the Grand Opening, NYC Council Member Keith Powers welcomed guests before NYC Council Member Ben Kallos and NY State Deputy Chief Diversity Officer Linda Sun, who congratulated and presented Stride Arts with Governor Cuomo’s certificate. Angel Zhang, followed by Director CG Aaronson, explained the gallery’s mission and thanked attendees. Xi Qing Li then introduced Congresswoman Grace Meng, before Roger Samet, an investor, spoke prior to Tony Wang, Chairman, WAC Lighting Co. speaking, who attended with his wife, Taining Gan, Chairwoman, GLOW Foundation. A cake was cut, and champagne poured before Xin Song then held a live art performance in front of guests including Jean Shafiroff, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Libbie Mugrabi, Peter Thomas Roth, Anthoula Katsimatides, Janel Tanna, Jeff Lima, Michele Peacock and Tatum Summer.
Stride Arts will offer a variety of services to artists and their art collectors. For artists, they provide a multifunctional platform with studio space, marketing, and business strategic advice, and promotion through unique and appealing programming. For collectors – personal, business and institutional, they will negotiate the sale of the work as well as providing rental services, where art aficionados of all types can benefit from their team of specialists who will curate work, available at affordable prices that can be regularly rotated. The gallery will be open 9:30am – 6:30pm, Monday through Friday and by appointment. In addition to the main gallery space, which features warm hardwood floors, full windows, and a stage, there are several conference rooms and various showrooms.
Angel Zhang has a background as an investor in the arts and as a supporter of emerging artists. Angel is the Founder and CEO of a commercial, industrial and digital printer manufacturer in China that has offices across the country and internationally. She is a prolific collector and an investor in several galleries across China, where she helped several famous Chinese artists to establish their careers. Angel moved to New York City more than a decade ago and now splits her time between her homes in Manhattan and Long Island.