Gallery Estrella on Spring Street | Heath Ellison

Gallery Estrella, a new contemporary art gallery at 121 Spring Street, opened Dec. 4. Owned by Max Kuller, who also owns Spanish restaurant Estadio, worked with designer Tessa Morehouse of Velvet Antlers and artist Lorenzo Masnah.

Paper Cuts, the first exhibit in the new space, opened Monday, and is comprised of Masnah’s work. Originally from Colombia, Masnah was inspired by the demonstrations this summer protesting police brutality toward Black Americans. The artist began work on this collection after seeing protesters gather at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

“I wanted to play a role as an artist, and that same night I started working on the series,” says Masnah in a public statement. “I cannot describe how special it feels to be here in Charleston sharing my work with this community, only hours away from Atlanta, where this historic moment happened.”

Masnah was inspired by the summer of protests against police brutality for this exhibit

The gallery, according to a press release, will aim to represent a diverse array of local, national and international artists, while working to support causes important to the artists. Gallery Estrella will donate 10% of all art sales to an artist’s chosen cause at the end of the show.

Proceeds from Paper Cuts will go to the Jip Jop Palenge recording studio, a key resource for the music community in San Basilio de Palenque in Colombia.

Gallery Estrella will be open at select times Wednesday through Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday by appointment only.

Here’s the full schedule:

  • Monday – Tuesday by appointment only
  • Wednesday – Thursday: 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12-6 p.m.