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May 10, 2014

Art gallery to open in downtown Oneonta

More Art Space, a new gallery at 77 Main St. in Oneonta, will open with its first exhibit at 5 p.m. Friday.

This group show, titled “HATCH,” will feature works by more than 25 artists, a media release said.

Zena Gurbo and Simone Mantellassi, husband and wife artists who live and work in the area, initiated the project to open More Art Space. While they have participated and coordinated many exhibits throughout the region, More Art Space is their first independent venture.

“We are very excited to show the work that no one has seen before,” Mantellassi said in the release. 

With plans for art exhibits, monthly art nights, movement workshops, performance art and music events and fine art and crafts sales, More Art Space will offer the community a place to gather, according to the artists.

“It has been a dream of mine to have a gallery and shop of my own where artists and art lovers can gather, create and exhibit,” Gurbo said in the release.

Mantellassi creates abstract comic-book inspired paintings. Gurbo is curator and artistic coordinator at Main View Gallery of The Arc Otsego.

The theme “HATCH” was the first name for the new gallery but became more appropriate for a first exhibition, Gurbo said. Artists were asked to contribute work that reflects “a turning point, a new beginning in their work,” she said.

More Art Space also will present a display of cigar boxes. Oneonta World of Learning initiated a fundraiser, asking artists and students to decorate cigar boxes. An “Art Box Auction” will benefit OWL at 277 Main St., the release said.

More Art Space hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturdays or by appointment. For more information, send email to

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