When Bale Creek Allen found his new art space, he hoped to take his time opening the gallery. He'd planned to open the space with an exhibition of his own work on April 22. That plan changed when David Thornberry (a mutual friend of Allen and artist/musician Daniel Johnston) got in touch looking for a venue for SXSW. Filmmaker Gabriel Sunday was looking for a place to show Hi, How Are You, his short about Johnston.
"The timeline was tight," Allen says. "I had the gallery sitting there empty...and I said 'let's do it.'" Pushing back his own show, Allen moved quickly to pull together dozens of Johnston's artworks and Hi, How Are You became the gallery's new opening exhibition.
The opening night featured Sunday's film and a live performance by Johnston himself. "We pulled it off," Allen says. "It was just kind of an amazing night for creative... energy. It was a good night."
The show's been up since, open by appointment. And that opening night was so much fun that they're planning another one. "We're going to do a second opening, which essentially will be like a closing party. It's kind of backwards because it's also considered like a grand opening of the gallery," Allen laughs. "I don't know if it makes any sense, or, being Daniel Johnston and myself, if it needs to, but yeah, we're doing another opening April 22." Just like the first opening, this one will feature the film, Johnston's artwork, and a live performance by Johnston and his band.
Since the gallery opened early for this exhibition, its website is still being built, but you can call 512.633.0545 for more information.