As part of the First Friday Art Walk, the public is invited to the grand opening for Gallery Alley at 5:15 p.m. Friday, November 6 at the alley's north entrance near 7th and "P" streets. The alley provides a pedestrian connection between the Historic Haymarket and developments and parking south of the Harris Overpass.
Improvements to Gallery Alley included the reconstruction of the drainage system and pavement on the north half of the alley; the addition of art on the walls; and a "wire symphony" that incorporates many of the industrial features of the alley and includes a "lightwire" overhead path. The wall-mounted art, most of the wire and light installation, and an endowment to maintain the lighting elements were funded by anonymous donors. Tax-increment financing also helped to fund the wire and light installation.
Speakers at the events will include Mayor Chris Beutler; Anne Burkholder, owner of Burkholder Gallery and curator of the wall art; Dennis Scheer, Clark Enersen; and Darl Naumann, President of the Lincoln Haymarket Development Corporation.