4

Warehouse215 Now Open Inside Bentley Projects in Phoenix's Warehouse District

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

The typically quiet streets next to Bentley Projects were packed with parked cars on Saturday, October 17, as an artisan marketplace called Pineapple Triangle set up shop inside the former warehouse, which now includes an event space dubbed Warehouse215. A pair of food trucks sat parked outside, and a bar station was situated inside near the event entrance. People sat chatting and noshing at tables set inside the courtyard formerly used to display several sculptures.

It’s all evidence of significant changes recently undertaken at Bentley Projects, a former commercial linen laundry warehouse built in 1918 that Beverly Calverley purchased from Michael Levine a decade ago. Calverley moved her art gallery from Old Town Scottsdale to Bentley Projects in 2012, and recently she's undertaken some significant renovations. 

Bentley Projects isn’t the only renovated warehouse in that part of town. Just a few blocks away, Arizona State University has two galleries (as well as graduate student studio spaces) inside Grant Street Studios, where exhibitions, open studio events, and artist talks draw enthusiastic crowds, mostly during First and Third Fridays. Also nearby is the Icehouse, a former ice storage facility built in the early 20th century, that has yet to undergo renovations that would better position it as a special events venue. 

Calverley says the Bentley Projects renovations were undertaken in response to the evolving nature of the art business, explaining that the catalyst for downsizing the gallery was "how much the art business has grown online" during the past five years — and especially this last year. She notes that even the gallery's international clients are comfortable making purchases of artwork they've only seen on the Bentley Gallery website, as opposed to in person or via video. 

Bentley Gallery had 14,315 square feet of exhibition space before recent renovations. Now the gallery has been relocated from the north to the south side of Bentley Projects and comprises about 13,000 square feet. About half of that space is used for exhibiting art. The rest consists of storage, preparation areas, and office space. They're working now on creating a new sculpture garden for the gallery, which should be finished by early November. 

Calverley says having a smaller art space to manage means they can focus on engaging clients rather than serving as security for four bays filled with artwork. And she notes that the new gallery space isn't exactly small. Bentley Gallery comprised just 4,000 square feet when it was located in Scottsdale. Having 20,000 square feet of gallery space doesn't make sense, she explains, noting that Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art only has 18,000 square feet for exhibitions.

Warehouse215, on the north side of Bentley Projects, has 10,000 square feet — in addition to 1,500 square feet of outdoor patio space. It's being used as rental space for special events such as weddings and corporate gatherings. Calverley notes that they've actually been renting  out special events space at Bentley Projects for a decade, but they have a lot more flexibility in terms of the types of events they can host now that they have a liquor license, which was issued earlier this year. 

Bentley Gallery will continue its exhibition programming, which currently includes a group show featuring several artists. Future offerings include an exhibition of sculpture being presented as part of an International Sculpture Conference — which she hopes will "open the eyes of the powers that be to the importance of public sculpture" in places such as Margaret T. Hance Park.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.