The DARKROOM Photography Gallery, which features the talents of local and national fine-art photographers, is moving their exhibition space to Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant, 600 Longs Peak Ave., in Downtown Longmont. The gallery will host its official opening on Friday, Jan. 13 from 7-10 p.m.
After two years, the DARKROOM quickly outgrew its intimate space at 515 Main St. Looking to expand in mid-2016, the DARKROOM’s owner, Julie Cardinal, paired up with Bin 46’s owner, Candy Campbell, moving photography exhibitions to the wine bar for special events. “With great curiosity and enthusiasm, we began hosting VIP receptions and artist meet and greets in partnership with Julie. Paired with food and wine dinners and live entertainment, guests enjoy(ed) a whole new dining experience,” explained Campbell.
The special events were successful for both women’s businesses. The DARKROOM brings a loyal following to Bin 46, while the restaurant offers up a larger audience for the gallery. “Unique partnerships such as this are a huge asset for the downtown creative district,” explained Kimberlee McKee, executive director of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority. “Combining the culinary arts with the visual arts enhances the experience for patrons and helps build a strong sense of community.”
The DARKROOM is a photographic-centric gallery and the first of its’ kind in Boulder County. They will continue to offer a guest speaker series, semi-annual photo competitions, and most importantly, a space where fine-art photographers can continue to exhibit and sell their work at the new location.
Bin 46 Wine Bar & Restaurant opened in late 2015 offering more than 200 wines by the bottle, unique food, and craft beers and cocktails. Bin 46 hosts special holiday dinners and private events for local businesses and individuals celebrating special occasions, in addition to their daily menu and happy hour specials.
Both women are excited about this new venture and creating a unique destination for artisans, foodies, and wine lovers across the region. “This partnership will allow us to share even more incredible art with more people, and to build a wider community of Longmont artists and art enthusiasts. We are very excited to continue enriching lives through art in the New Year and beyond,” said Cardinal.
The official collaboration will kick off during the Downtown Longmont Creative District’s monthly 2nd Friday celebration on Friday, Jan. 13 from 7-10 p.m. The wine bar, restaurant, and gallery will be open every day from 3-10 p.m. and are located at 600 Longs Peak Ave. For more information, visit bin46bar.com or thedarkroomlongmont.com.