The Dark Room Photo Gallery and Wine Bar Opens Friday in Grand Center

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

A new combination art gallery and wine bar is set to open Friday, March 14, in the heart St. Louis’ arts district, Grand Center, between the Fabulous Fox and Powell Symphony Hall. The Dark Room is a photo gallery that will feature rotating monthly exhibits curated by the International Photography Hall of Fame. The first exhibit, “New on the Scene,” features eight recent graduates of Webster University who are pursuing careers in photography and photo journalism. The exhibit runs through April 24.

The Dark Room in Grand Center

The Dark Room in Grand Center

The Dark Room’s wine bar consists of a progressive wine program with a rotating wine and craft beer selections, carefully curated by Bill Kniep of Pinnacle Imports. The menu of charcuterie, fine cheeses, a selection of small plates and desserts will feature locally-sourced items where possible, providing comfortable confines where patrons can enjoy a drink, fine food, and a photography exhibit all designed to spur discussion, generate ideas and inspiration, as well as spur community engagement.

With 1,800-square-feet of floor space and a sophisticated, adults-only audience, The Dark Room not only offers adults a refuge, but an opportunity to experience photographic art that is intimate, challenging and explores a plethora of subject matter. The Dark Room makes a welcome addition to Grand Center, providing an opportunity for visitors to the area or theatergoers another option of pre- or post-show relaxation in a stimulating atmosphere. Moreover, it adds another fine art option to the area. The area hosts several galleries, museums and exhibits including the Contemporary Art Museum, The Pulitzer Foundation, The Sheldon Art Gallery, the International Photography Hall of Fame, The St. Louis University Art Gallery, Bruno David Gallery and the new Duet Gallery.

The Dark Room is a partnership between Ken Kranzberg, Grand Center Inc., and the International Photography Hall of Fame, opening March 14 at 615 N. Grand Blvd. The enterprise is being managed by Chris Hansen, director of theaters and events for the Kranzberg Arts Center.

For more information, visit The Dark Room Facebook page.

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