TJ Moberg and Ryan Mullin in their new gallery space at 2411 Grand Ave., which is set to open Saturday.
Writer: Christine Riccelli
Gallery owners TJ Moberg and Ryan Mullin bought the building in September and have transformed the 7,000-square-foot space into a gleaming showroom that will open Saturday.
Mullin remained intrigued by the building’s possibilities, though, and after the two viewed about 10 other properties, he persuaded his business partner and longtime friend—the two were locker buddies at East High School—to reconsider.
In mid-September, they started the renovation, removing the vestibule, ripping up the floors, tearing down the ceilings—essentially gutting the space and starting anew. In a sneak peek, we were impressed by the result: The sleek concrete floors, raw ceiling, fresh white walls and open floor plan give it a modern look perfect for showcasing the contemporary artists Moberg represents. The gallery’s framing business will operate out of the lower level. Moberg and Mullin also plan to rent the space for private parties and special events, including wedding receptions.
In the meantime, Moberg and Mullin (as well as the friends and family they’ve recruited to help with the project) are finishing up the renovation, including painting the exterior, and are looking forward to welcoming people to their new home. “We were able to build it from the bottom up the way we wanted,” Mullin says. “It’s been fun to walk around [the space] and dream.”