In yet another chapter of the Soho-ization of East Austin, the fresh and indie Tiny Park Gallery has announced that after its lease expires at the end of April — and due to rising rent on its East 11th and Navasota location — it will forego being a bricks-and-mortar gallery for the time being.
Said gallerists Brian Willey and Thao Votang in a statement: "The blunt facts — the rising rent has gotten too high for our limited personal resources and the Austin art market is still too small. So we will evolve."
Willey and Votang started presenting exhibits in their Central Austin home before opening their storefront gallery in 2012.
The pair said that after a solo show by Miguel Aragon that runs March 21-April 26, they will take some time to consider other scenarios including presenting pop-up exhibits and events.
Willey and Votang said they will also continue to develop East Austin Arts, an organization and web site that they recently started with other East side art galleries Co-Lab Projects, MASS Gallery, Big Medium and independent curator Russell Etchen. eastaustinarts.org
Through the mid-March, Tiny Park is hosting a series of free public events including video art screenings, poety reading and performances