Located in a former Plymouth showroom, the aptly named Long View is the biggest commercial gallery in town. It's also arguably the best-looking one. Huge, floating white-panel walls reveal glimpses of the building's gritty bones underneath, making it not just a great space to hang art, but a popular place to hang.
Groups looking for a cool, urban room to throw a party in keep the flexible, 9,000-square-foot space hopping as an event rental, thanks to a catering kitchen in the back and a stage-like space out front for bands.
Because of Long View's double life as a gallery and event space, it can't show much 3D work. That’s a shame, says director Drew Porterfield, but it's just too difficult to move large sculptures every time there's a party.
That said, the gallery's longstanding emphasis on painting makes use of a broad — and deep — definition of the term, spotlighting gallery artists who incorporate wood (Michelle Peterson-Albandoz), pine needles (Ryan McCoy) wax (Sondra N. Arkin) and other sculptural materials into their art.
-- Michael O'Sullivan (Oct. 30, 2013)