"The New Black" Gallery Ready to Take Over San Fran’s Art Scene

The New Black (NWBLK), a contemporary fine arts gallery opening in San Francisco, plans to feature some of the best designers, creative types and craftsmen throughout the world as well as make their work available for sale.

The art space, a development between partners Steven Miller, who designed the studio, David Fredrickson and Greek-American Bob Wilms, opens to the public for a special event on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14 from 6:30pm-10:30pm. Designers will be on-hand as the gallery showcases a sneak peek for what’s in store.

“The interesting thing about the gallery,” Wilms says, is “we have the ability to build and make furniture inside the space so we have a whole workshop inside the facility.”

Don’t expect to see marble or antique statues imported from Knossos or the Acropolis though, Wilms notes, whose maternal grandparents are from Crete and Northern Greece. NWBLK will feature functional fine art pieces, including the work of Greek-Australian lighting designer Christopher Boots (short for Boutsinis); the gallery will be the first to display his work. Also for the art-goer to enjoy: an extravagant set of audio speakers created by a father and son team, a bicycle and other pieces from various designers.

“We’re constantly looking for emerging artists, or people who want to do something out of the box,” Wilms adds.

The gallery is housed in a 9,000 sq. ft. building at 1999 Bryant Street in San Francisco, and is also home to a workshop as well as design offices and even a model agency. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-6pm beginning September 18. For more information, visit the website: http://thenwblk.com/, or call 415.621.2344.

Watch highlights from a series of interviews with the designers responsible for the lighting, furniture, fashion, and objects at the New Black: