2011 Update

Just a quick update… Roslyn Esperon is graduating from NYU this spring with a Masters in Arts Administration.  Courtney Rile has formed a media company with Michael Barletta called Daylight Blue Media.  For more information on Daylight Blue, visit http://www.daylightblue.com.

Roslyn and Courtney’s project Price Check is finished and the film is currently being put together to explain the story.  Visit http://pricecheckny.wordpress.com


Price Check: Our Next Project

Roslyn Esperon and Courtney Rile are up to the same old tricks!

Visit http://PriceCheckNY.wordpress.com for a description of our next project over the summer of 2009.

Catalog Now Available!

Click the “Catalog” link on the top right of this page for more info…

Gallery Named in Critic’s Top 5

Central New York art critic Katherine Rushworth named Contemporary Gallery number 4 on her Top 5 list of art shows and events of 2008 for her Dec. 28 article in Syracuse’s Post-Standard.

“No. 4: The short-lived, but memorable, Contemporary Gallery. The gallery opened in a vacant Harrison Street storefront June 11 and closed a couple of months later; but while it was open, it created a definite buzz. The gallery’s brief presence offers a great model to anyone looking for a low-risk, high-reward way to step into the gallery world. Organizers Courtney Rile and Roslyn Esperon featured works by local artists in a user-friendly environment; offering visitors an overstuffed chair, magazines and even a cupcake or two. It might be the Barnes & Noble model of the art world.”

As you can imagine, we are very pleased to be on the list!


In case you are wondering what we’re up to, Roslyn and Courtney both became hooked on wordpress because of this blog for Contemporary Gallery.  They each have their own blogs now for their own adventures:

Roslyn explores arts administration at NYU and experiences the art world of the Big Apple…

Courtney travels around the U.S. and internationally on an around-the-world ticket…

Please leave us comments if you come to say hello!

Gone but not forgotten

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true.  The gallery has come to an end.  August 1 was our last day.  Yes, I will miss relaxing in our lounge, eating Roslyn’s chocolate snowtop cookies, looking at art books and admiring the playful art on the walls.  It was a lot of fun and hard work and at the end we have both decided we would do it again.  We’ll see how the cards fall next summer….

In the meantime, the gallery lives on in the media, in a gallery catalog that is currently in production, in a seed fund for future galleries (currently only my $50 contribution, but hey it’s something), and on this website.  Please let us know if you are interested in a copy of the gallery catalog ($20) by emailing rile dot courtney at gmail dot com.

Thank you to all who have participated and supported us in our endeavor! Including…

J.F. Real Estate
Bill Delavan
Maryellen Casey
Daniella Mosco-Wozniak
Aunt D
Dean Potter
Anyone who put a cash donation in our jar
Everyone who bought art from us!!
John Craddock and the Syracuse Int’l Film Festival
Tomomi and Christian of Roji Tea Lounge
Theresa and Jen of Razzbarry
Reggie Sanford
and many others…. 

Thanks!  Stay tuned for info on the gallery catalog…


p.s. In a previous post I committed to buying a piece of art from the gallery… For the record, I bought Tijana Djordjevic’s nose-picking plate.  It’ll always remind me of the gallery.

Upcoming Events

This Week:
Wednesday, July 23 at 7 PM: Film Screening- most likely a dark and mysterious film about the future
Thursday, July 24th at 7 PM: Manuscript Launch for Poet Lenore DeCerce
Friday, July 25th from 5 – 8 PM: Closing Reception

Next Week: Open for regular gallery hours on Wed. – Fri. from 11 AM – 7 PM with the last film screening on Wed. night at 7 PM.