VSOP Projects, new gallery, to open in Greenport

VSOP Projects

Jonathan Weiskopf inside his new Greenport gallery, VSOP Projects. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A new space that is part contemporary art gallery, part lifestyle store and in part a location for community-driven art initiatives is coming to Greenport Village.

VSOP Projects, which will be a multi-use contemporary art space, a year-round exhibition program and a boutique, is expected to open on Front Street later this month. It is owned by artist Jonathan Weiskopf.

Expect items like Australian-produced, environmentally responsible water bottles ($26) and hand-painted silk charmeuse pillows by Brooklyn artist Naomi Clark ($245) for sale in the store. Everything in the space, including the furniture and the light fixtures, will be available for purchase, Weiskopf said.

The 1,400-square-foot space is spread through two floors of the 1867 Front Street home, which was once home to the headquarters of Community Action Southold Town. There will also be a 1,000-square-foot garden out back.

An artist himself with a MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Weiskopf said he fell in love with the North Fork while attending his sister’s wedding a few years ago. He began spending more time on the East End and decided to launch his business here.

“I’m deeply engaged in the arts in my life and I saw there is a hole here that could be filled,” said Weiskopf, who now lives in Southold. “I feel like there is a hunger, there is an attitude toward art that hasn’t been satisfied on the North Fork.”

The first exhibit, titled Very Special One-Time Performance, will feature emerging and mid-career artists. Works from celebrated British furniture maker Katie Walker and the late ceramicist Don Reitz will be featured.

It will also be the first time some artists, like Danish painter Line Busch, will exhibit their work in America.

Most of the gallery’s show titles will involve playful takes on the VSOP acronym. Mr. Weiskopf plans to host five shows per year.

An Oceanside native, Mr. Weiskopf also stressed that his new business will focus on education initiatives and will offer exhibition opportunities for local artists as well as lectures, readings and more.

“This is a tremendously important facet to our business,” he said.

There will be a grand opening with a public reception on Saturday, May 27 from 6 to 10 p.m.

The store is located at 311 Front Street. Find VSOP Projects on Instagram.

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