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The Middle Gray Makes Art Accessible To All Through Music, Food, and Exhibits

By Pamela Sosnowski

Is it an art gallery, a cafe, or a music venue? One might say The Middle Gray is all of the above; it has hosted art shows, musical performances, readings, food events, and wine classes and more.

"We want the public to know that we're more than just a restaurant or a coffee shop," says Co-Founder and Co-Owner Catalina Piedrahita. "We know our concept is a bit unusual, and it can be confusing. Our main goal is to create a community around the arts."

The Middle Gray's "hybrid space" as it is referred to can accommodate a variety of events; a fully equipped bar, prep kitchen, and open-floor kitchen are among its features, as well as the live music and gallery space. By offering a variety of events, the venue is making art more accessible to the public while helping to support Boston's emerging creative talent.

"We offer a space where artists and art lovers can come together in a casual manner to enjoy each other," explains Piedrahita. "We host artistic events of all kinds, and we encourage collaborations. Every time we have a young musician performing in our space, we open the bar and offer food for purchase. A percentage of these sales go to the musicians, creating a collaboration between the venue, the artist and the audience."

There's no cover charge to the public at The Middle Gray, nor is there a fee charged to artists that want to exhibit their work or music. This makes it easier to introduce an audience to new talent, and the space strives to be a welcoming hub for up-and-coming artists and art lovers.

Piedrahita is proud that The Middle Gray is making art accessible to all, and believes in art's transformative power to make people think in new perspectives. "I believe access to art and artistic expressions is vital to a healthy community and society," she explains. "Art educates, entertains, creates bonds and heals, and it goes back to the very beginnings of human expression. Access to art, as a recipient or as a maker, should be a right- not a luxury."

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