The Story of Wired Gallery
"...one of Ulster County’s most high-profile, prolific sources of quality art exhibitions." --Almanac Weekly
Wired Gallery was founded in May 2012 in High Falls, New York by Sevan Melikyan on the upper floor of an old barn, next to the Depuy Canal House restaurant. The walls of the barn were all wood paneling and unsuitable to showing art, so a hanging system using materials found in any hardware store was devised to present the work suspended on wires (thus the name Wired Gallery), and “off the walls”.
A few months after opening, the gallery relocated to another space in High Falls, half-a-mile west of the hamlet center where it stayed for about a year before moving to its current location at 11 Mohonk Road in April 2014.
Since its inception, the focus of the gallery has been to exhibit and champion artists from the Mid-Hudson Valley, with a particular attention to those based in Ulster County. The gallery achieves its mission by mounting exhibitions not only in its High Falls location but also at off-site locations, fairs, festivals, resorts, and pop-up spaces.
In 2013, Art Society of Kingston presented Melikyan with its ASKars award in recognition for his “significant contributions to the arts” and The Ulster County Executive recognized Melikyan as an Arts Ambassador. In 2014, Wired Gallery co-produced The Gunks Art Trail, an illustrated map showing places to view art along the Gunks region, for which it received the “Best of” distinction for New Arts Initiative by the Hudson Valley Magazine.