Manhattan Mini Storage, which operates 17 self-storage facilities throughout New York City, is hosting its first annual Holiday Art Fair on Dec. 19. The event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature work from about 20 artists who rent a storage unit at the company’s 260 Spring St. facility. The art will be on display and available for purchase to the public.
Several painters, sculptors and craftsmen rent units at Manhattan Mini Storage facilities to house their art tools and supplies. Some have also created de facto studio and gallery space to make and store their creations.
"We've known for years that we've got some incredible artwork tucked away in these storage rooms," said Jenna Chrisman, chief branding officer for Manhattan Mini parent company Edison Properties. "We wanted to give our artist-customers the opportunity to show off their amazing talent to the general public, while at the same time giving New Yorkers a chance to support local artists when they're shopping for their holiday gifts. It's really a win-win and a no-brainer, especially in SoHo, which is an art world Mecca."
"The convenience provided to me by Manhattan Mini Storage has always been a function of its location in SoHo, minutes away from where I set up," said Eugene Ortiz, a painter who’ll be among the artists selling his wares at the fair. "Now that I have the opportunity to showcase my art here, location again comes into play, because SoHo has a long history as a prestigious art center."
The Spring Street location will also offer special storage pricing to new renters during the event.
Founded in 1978, Manhattan Mini Storage is part of the Edison Properties network of businesses. Edison also operates Edison ParkFast, a network of 40 garages and lots throughout Baltimore, New York City and Northeast New Jersey. Its other properties include workspace offices, executive offices and pre-built suites, The Hippodrome office building, and The Ludlow, a luxury residential high-rise on the Lower East Side.
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