Wix, the popular cloud-based web development platform, develops its community of users by providing work space in New York and San Francisco, called the Wix Lounge. On November 18, the Arts & Business Council of NY (ABC/NY) hosted its Arts Volunteer Fair networking event at the Wix Lounge in Chelsea, Manhattan, one of the many events to facilitate arts and business partnerships in New York City.
Wix users are mostly comprised of small business owners, artists, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Since the New York Wix Lounge opened in 2010, it has connected Wix users offline through its collaborative working space, offering tech support, networking opportunities and other events. Most interestingly, however, is that Wix Lounge also doubles as an art gallery!
Each month, the Wix Lounge hosts up-and-coming local artists and curators to transform and animate the space. Any artist living in New York City with a Wix website can submit their work to be exhibited. The collaborative process is another way for Wix to get to know its users face-to-face. The Wix Lounge art gallery has sparked other collaborations with organizations such as the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), Brooklyn Brush Studios, and The L.I.S.A.(Little Italy Street Art) Project, among others.
“Since artists have always been a big part of the Wix community, we knew we wanted to give back to them with an exhibition program where artists receive 100% of their profits on sales,” says Annie Marlarkey, New York Partnerships Manager at Wix Lounge.
When ABC/NY visited the Wix Lounge, the exhibit featured in the space was a collection of glass and light sculptures, called “neon,” mixing street art aesthetics with the careful chemistry of color and light, by artist Marco Guglielmino. Mr. Guglielmino had created a significant amount of neon before working with Wix. Upon seeing the space, however, he decided to create two more chandeliers for the fish-bowl conference room. It took two full days to install the ignited glass in the space.
“Getting my work in public view has been a major goal of mine and Wix helped make that a reality,” Mr. Guglielmino said, “The lounge is a great space for people to come in to do their work and having my neon sculptures hanging in the space was inspirational.”
Ms. Malarkey notes, “Artists are, and will continue to be an important part of activities at the Wix Lounge. The most important thing we do to support artists is to give them the platform to create beautiful websites to showcase their art.”
To keep up with art exhibits and other great events at the Wix Lounge check out www.wixlounge.com and sign up for their newsletter.