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Wine Meets Art at the Gateway Project in Newark

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NEWARK, NJ - The Gateway Project, located in Gateway Two on Mulberry Street in Newark, announced its charity partnership with What Exit Wines and Old York Cellars on its new customized label. Through What Exit Wines’ customized labels, a special fundraiser wine has been created and a part of the profits will be donated to the non-profit arm of The Gateway Project. 

To kick off the union, The Gateway Project held a mini wine tasting at the gallery on Wednesday evening. The event was free and open to the public. 

"Portions of the proceeds from a bottle with The Gateway Project label go toward furthering the mission of our gallery to benefit the greater community," said Jasmine Wahi, co-director of The Gateway Project. “ This collaboration with What Exit Wines helps to raise more awareness about good local wines here in the Garden State, while directly supporting and bringing attention to the growth and reach of our Jersey arts scene."

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The purpose of The Gateway Project exhibition space is to host socially engaging exhibitions and community programs to cultivate critical social dialogues. It achieves this mission through bold exhibitions, community programming, and support of artists that create work for social change. 

Narendra Haynes, head designer for Old York Cellars winery, whose background is in fine art, is excited about the new partnership with The Gateway Project. “Arts and culture is a huge part of what makes New Jersey great. The Gateway Project is a young, forward-looking organization that is making a significant contribution to contemporary art. I am thrilled that we have the opportunity to help them continue their work.”

The Gateway Project’s non-profit arm is organized through its partner organization, Project for Empty Space, which aims to create spaces and programs that address social issues and inspire social discourse through contemporary art. The Gateway Project Gallery and Residency Program exist within this arena, and directly address this mission. The Gateway Project Residency Program and Gallery Space is for mid-career to established artists whose practices work within the context of social engagement. Participants are selected biannually and present an exhibition in the gallery at the conclusion of their residency. 

The mission of the residency program is multifaceted and is intended to benefit both artists-in-residence and the public at large. The program supports artists through the introduction of new conceptual material and through engagement with new audiences. It strives to create a symbiotic relationship between artists and audiences as a conduit for new artistic practice and intervention. Furthermore, it directly addresses and works to encourage social discourse on topics that are often overlooked or considered uncomfortable. The residents incorporate modes of social engagement and community interaction throughout their work at The Gateway Project. 

About What Exit Wines and Old York Cellars

What Exit Wines is a charity label produced by Old York Cellars winery in Ringoes, New Jersey that celebrates and supports the Garden State. The first batch of wine was fermenting in the tanks when Hurricane Sandy hit and “in response” said Narendra Haynes, head designer for the winery, “the team sat down and started figuring out the best way to help.” Their solution was to donate a portion of every bottle sale, initially to Sandy Relief and later to a variety of causes through a charity-of-the-month program. In January 2015 What Exit Wines launched its charity partnership program that features individual fundraiser labels for select New Jersey non-profits that can be ordered year-round from whatexitwines.com

About The Gateway Project

The Gateway Project began in 2012, as a series of pop up art exhibitions that were activated intermittently throughout The Gateway Center. The Gateway Center is a commercial complex in downtown Newark, NJ. Skyways and pedestrian malls interconnect the four Gateway office tours, a Hilton Hotel, Newark Penn Station, and the Newark Legal Center. Approximately 30,000 people are through the Gateway concourse daily. On April 30, 2015 The Gateway Project officially reopened as a permanent arts hub, including art gallery and studio spaces. The Gateway Project’s mission is to enliven the community through interactive and stimulating art exhibitions. 

The Gateway Project Expansion was not only marked by an increase in physical space, but also a vast growth in programs, and opportunities for multidisciplinary artists. The new facility spans over three floors in the Gateway Two Center, which attaches to Newark’s Penn Station. The Gateway Project offers affordable studios to artists and cultural practitioners. Studio tenants are provided with a diverse array of significant amenities including such things as: 24 hour indoor access to Newark Penn Station’s transportation systems (PATH, NJ Transit, Amtrak, LightRail); 24 hour access to secure and monitored studio facilities; high speed WiFi internet; and temperature controlled studios. In addition to building and facility amenities, The Gateway Project also cultivates bi-monthly open studio events, and programs for artists to interface with the community, visitors, art critics, curators, educators and collectors. 

The Gateway Project is Directed by Jasmine Wahi (Independent Curator and Co Founder, Project For Empty Space) and Rebecca Jampol (Founder, Solos Project House and The Gateway Project). The Gateway Project is a collaborative endeavor by Solo(s) Project House (Newark, New Jersey) and Project For Empty Space (New York City). 

The gallery space rotates exhibitions every six weeks, providing participation opportunities to regional, national and international curators and artists. Gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday - Friday from 11 am – 6 pm and after hours for events and by appointment. www.gatewayprojectspaces.com 

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