There has been a lot of movement at Makers & Finders—they recently started selling boozy coffee drinks, are expanding to Henderson’s Water Street, started the Sunday Sessions brunch event, and are now incorporating a gallery to the Downtown space. Photographer Dan Britton’s night images and a psychedelic mural by Caitlyn Saville are already installed in the coffee shop and restaurant’s hallway, but the official launch of its Portico gallery is on September 2.
“I never put much effort into that hallway and I wanted to unveil something new,” Makers & Finders owner Josh Molina says.
Molina, who is of Colombian heritage, commissioned Saville to reinterpret figurative artist Fernando Botero’s “Death of Pablo Escobar,” depicting the rooftop shootout that was the demise of Robin Hood-like Colombian drug lord. Saville specializes in geometric and pop art murals. (If you’ve ever been to Sin City Yoga, she did the gold mandala.) Her black and white mural at Makers is representative of her sacred geometry work.
Also part of Portico are 22 prints of Britton’s astrophotography (taking long exposure photos of the night sky) and steel wool spinning photography (pictured top).The self-taught photographer quit his job working on an oil rig in South Dakota last year to focus on his art full-time. He creates the firework effect by stuffing steel wool inside a whisk that is attached to a rope. Britton then sets the wool on fire and spins the rope while exposing the shot 10 to 25 seconds. His photographs create a spacey atmosphere to the shop that had very little art when first opening, says Molina. “A lot more people are spending time in the hallway,” he says. You can also see Britton’s photographs at the LINQ concierge, including a massive 30-by-60-foot piece, until August 2017.
Portico Gallery event is on September 2 from 6-10 p.m. There will be music, coffee and tea cocktails, and all prints are 20 percent off.