Artborne Magazine November 2016 - Page 50

Review The Art Gallery at Mills Park by Hind Berji Alexandra Philco talking with artist Denisse Berlingeri about her work in the show La Diaspora. Art galleries in residential buildings are nothing new. For years, art has been a requirement—some may say a necessity—in apartment buildings, specifically in residential lobby areas. Places like Boston, New York City, and Miami have unsurprisingly caught on to the trend, and now Orlando has its own set of residential galleries. Originally a sawmill in the old Mills–Nebraska lumberyard, The Art Gallery at Mills Park is one of them. The Daily City called it a “gallobbery,” a gallery/lobby hybrid. Some simply call it the Mills gallery, some don’t think much of it, and some see it as an extension of places like CityArts Factory, where local artists can get a chance to show their work in the heart of downtown Orlando. That’s why the gallery differs from its counterparts; it’s trying to wedge its place within the Orlando arts community as more than just a glorified lobby area for yuppie residents. Since its opening on January 29, 2016 with Florida artists Martha Lent and Peter Scarbor49 ough, the gallery has been a consistent venue for local artists like Debra Yates and Roberto Gonzalez. Over the summer, the gallery conducted a call to artists show (which it will now hold annually) to give artists the opportunity to submit their work to a panel of judges. Some artists showed their work for the first