Byron Swart has big plans to make Arts Garage as much of a visual adventure as it is a musical and theatrical experience. While the newly appointed Artistic Director and Curator cannot reveal all of his plans, he has set his sights on creating an exhibiting space where the unconventional wakes the soul. With an aggressive gallery schedule being set for 2016, one of his first initiatives is to come to the rescue of the Delray Beach’s displaced artists, many from Artists Alley. In an effort to support these local artists who have formed a collective, called DANG, the gallery at Arts Garage will host a pop-up exhibit on the 3rd Thursday of every month, featuring the works of DANG, an acronym meaning Displaced Artists Negotiate Galleries. Each month will bring new artists from the group to the foreground. “Our local artists are fundamental to the building blocks of a thriving arts community,” said Swart. “These talented creatives are often at the foreground of helping shape our communities but are the first to be sent looking for new studio space, unable to sustain the increase in rent as property values increase. As a result these creatives are far too often without a permanent home or a space where they can exhibit.” “We have all seen the news stories about the artists who had to leave Artists Alley,” he continued. “We understood the changing environment and seized the opportunity to solve the problem.” It is situations such as these that allow arts organizations such as Arts Garage, the amazing opportunity to gather these artists and provide them with a temporary home, a space to convene where they can network and share ideas, more importantly, an exhibiting space where they can showcase their remarkable talent. Currently there are 28 artists who are part of the DANG coalition, and membership is open to other artists who have been displaced. Various artists will participate in each pop-up at Arts Garage and their work will be on display, and for sale, during the month following the exhibit. “We are so grateful to Byron and Arts Garage for their generosity and foresight in helping our local artists,” said Adriana Picot, a member of DANG. “These pop-up shows will give the community a chance to really see the incredible talent we have in our community.” “Each pop-up will have a different vibe, curated in a way that will voice the creative collective that is DANG but will allow them to also weave effortlessly into the featured exhibits presented each month. ” said Swart. “All of them will be visually stunning shows that mix other aspects of the Arts Garage experience into that one-of-a-kind event.” For more information about these free events please visit, www.artsgarage.org or call 561-450-6357.