a group of artists, artisans, and cultural entrepreneurs selling high quality handmade products at 57 Pleasant Street in Malden, MA. We are committed to building community in Malden through arts commerce. Our shop is a welcoming place to browse and buy an array of creations – each with some personal story or process that gives great value to the item. We hope to enhance Pleasant Street in Malden with our presence.
- Betsey Cogswell, Volunteer Coordinator
- Sandy Felder, Artists Liaison
- Grace Julian Murthy, Design Lead
- Beth Copp, Marketing Lead
- Preeti Mehta, Coordinator
- Ginny Remedi-Brown, Shop Design and Marketing
- Marcel Schwab, Finance Lead
- Elizabeth Scorsello, Shop Design and Marketing
- Amy Shinerock, Shop Design
The Gallery @57 emerged out of an exciting series of popups that originally began in 2016. The question, “What if a gallery could be in an empty storefront on Main Street in Malden?” rallied a surge of energy to raise the shop from scratch in two weeks. Over the Christmas season, it generated $15,000 in revenue in 11 business days. In a community that had no arts retail, this inspired the entire community, including residents, business owners, city leaders, and the Mayor of Malden.
In 2017-2018, the same artists pulled together a longer term popup that ended up lasting over one year, thanks to the generous donation of space from DSF Advisors LLC and the tireless energy of several artist volunteers.
When the free lease ended at the end of 2018, many people were saddened. But a few knew that the foundation of generosity, creativity, and power of community through arts would prevail and sustain a longer term, more permanent version of The Gallery.
The Gallery supporters Mayor Gary Christenson and Strategic Business Development Officer Kevin Duffy worked hard to create an opportunity for this future. In July 2019, the opportunity became reality, as a lease was signed for the space at 57 Pleasant Street, right in the heart of the major transformation that Malden Center is undergoing.