Friday was a sad night for contemporary art fans as two local galleries hosted their final receptions.

On Broad Street, a building-sized projection of SCOOP Studios artists-in-residence was like a bat-signal marking the gallery’s last hurrah. Owners Colleen Deihl and Saramel Evans, decked out in their signature, stylish chapeaus, chatted with guests and studio artists like Karen Ann Myers, Lisa Shimko, and Arthur Newman.

Deihl says that many of the artists have already found new representation — Myers is moving on to Robert Lange Studios while Shimko and John Stango are going to Michael Mitchell Gallery. Several red dots signifying sold paintings were placed on the walls while guests indulged in potent cocktails, brownies, and Cypress charcuterie.

On the opposite end of the peninsula, Eye Level Art hosted their final art show called Since the Beginning. Eleven artists, including John Pundt, Nicholas Bowers, and Scott Debus, represented the diversity of works exhibited by the gallery over the last few years. That stretch of Spring Street will certainly be a lot more quiet from here on out.

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