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Sadly, 400 Square, my photography gallery located at 149 Main St., will be closing on July 31. Thanks for all your support this past year.

I will be open this Second Saturday, so do stop by.

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Comment by Rob Penner on July 11, 2009 at 12:12pm
thanks scott :)
Comment by Scott Tillitt on July 10, 2009 at 10:44pm
I would add my condolences to the chorus, Rob, but it sounds like a blessing in the end — since you'd rather be out shooting anyway. So I'll send metta and best wishes so the photo gigs keep coming to sustain your art.
Comment by Anthony Rosa on July 9, 2009 at 7:39am
Well said. I had a shop in Cold Spring for two years and that didn't work. I thought Beacon might work when I moved here 3 years ago. Now I am sure it doesn't work, but somehow I really want to open a spot in Beacon. I just didn't want to be another out of business antique dealer.
Comment by Rob Penner on July 8, 2009 at 10:50am

I appreciate your comments but in my situation it wasn't an exorbitant rent that caused me to shut down. It was the economics of staying open. I do not have the clientele who buys photography. Most of my customers are walk-ins and they are hesitant to spend. As a new gallery owner I didn't have the list of clients who buy art on a regular basis. It requires spending time nurturing a network of buyers and collectors and frankly I found myself stuck in the middle of being a gallery owner and a working photographer. I guess my heart wasn't into it either. All of the time I was sitting in the gallery I yearned to be out photographing the world I lived in. I truly believe Beacon will eventually be a hub for great art and I hope that 400 Square contributed to that. In the end it served a couple of purposes. It helped to spark a little bit of more interest in contemporary photography and it helped me become part of a community and people I have come to care deeply for. It saddens me to see all of the empty storefronts and indeed if the landlords would stop thinking that Beacon is Brooklyn maybe more could survive. But I don't see the rents coming down anytime soon and I really don't think it's all about making the monthly nut. To quote Steve Jobs: "...the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. and the only way to do great work is to love what you do". I love photography and my great work in life will be as a photographer, not a gallery owner.
Comment by Anthony Rosa on July 8, 2009 at 9:37am
I hate to hear this kind of news. How can anyone keep a small business going in Beacon? Open a nail salon. We could really use another 99 cent store. That will keep the tourists coming. Landlords need to keep in mind that some of the commercial rents are ridiculous.
Comment by john fasulo on July 8, 2009 at 6:20am
Rob, just remember, "It doesn't matter where the train is going, what matters is making the decision to get on.".. ...So this "station" didn't work out... hop the next train, there's always something around he bend, good luck Rob; if you stay local, and I hope that you do, if I can help, I will.
Comment by Sherie on July 7, 2009 at 4:03pm
Hey Rob,
hope to see you this Saturday , I really am sorry to hear you are closing,it's hard to make ends meet in Beacon, I wish you all the success for your next adventure.
Comment by Sue Walsh on July 7, 2009 at 9:05am
Great gallery Rob....sorry to hear it 's closing

but I know there's more cool stuff from you ahead....
Comment by Birdy on July 7, 2009 at 8:23am
I am very sorry to read this, your exhibitions were very professional and you are a very nice guy. Nice guys finish first so best of luck on you next venture.
Comment by Rob Penner on July 6, 2009 at 9:56pm
Char...Thanks for the nice words. The people who came to the gallery loved the work and the space. Only good reviews all around. Most walked out without buying and unfortunately it reached a point when it was no longer sensible to keep it going. I got tired of supporting the gallery. It was time to pull the plug.

I am considering developing something else that will give various artists a venue to show their work. I'll keep BCN in the loop should this come to life.

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