Morristown’s 70 South Gallery, a cat with nine lives, has reached the end

Gallery Director Ira Black shows type of camera used by the late Vivian Maier, at opening of Maier exhibit at 70 South Gallery, June 19, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gallery Director Ira Black shows type of camera used by the late Vivian Maier, at opening of Maier exhibit at 70 South Gallery, June 19, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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The reprieves have run out for Morristown’s 70 South Gallery, which announced on Wednesday that it’s closing on Feb. 29, 2020.

“After 5+ years, we regret that we are unable to continue on at this location.  We are actively looking for a potential new space and additional investors to continue on our mission,” said a statement from the gallery.

Ted Baldanzi at 'Spirit' opening at 70 South Gallery in Morristown, July 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Ted Baldanzi at ‘Spirit’ opening at 70 South Gallery in Morristown, July 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The venue, which celebrates its 25th photo exhibition this Friday, Feb. 7, was created in 2014 by retired entrepreneur and photo enthusiast Ted Baldanzi as a labor of love.

Baldanzi came in when Sandrian Camera announced it was shutting down after 85 years; he retained several Sandrian staffers.

The gallery showcased local talent, including many high school students.

One exhibition featured works by the late Vivian Maier, whose newly discovered street-scene photos from the mid-20th century have stirred excitement in the art world.

Other notable events included a Black History Month Celebration, parties for the Morristown Festival of Books, and music nights hosted by the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

This will be the last opening night reception at Morristown’s 70 South Gallery: Feb. 7, 2020.

At the same time, the gallery provided printing and framing services.  No new framing orders will be taken after Feb. 14.

When Baldanzi decided to ease his involvement, gallery director Ira L. Black kept things going while searching for business partners.

One year ago, the gallery was on the verge of closing. Black found a way to keep the doors open.

'Revolutionary Reflections' opening at 70 South Gallery. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
‘Revolutionary Reflections’ opening at 70 South Gallery. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“For the foreseeable future, we will be here,” he said last March.

It appears that future now is in the past.

“We want to say an enormous Thank You to everyone that has played a small or big part in our over five-year effort here at 70 South Street,” the gallery statement said.

“It has been a very glorious experience… We have been so privileged to be your trusted source for keeping your favorite memories alive.”

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