Apartment Earth Gallery is creating a venue for supporting arts and culture
15

patrons

$107
per month
Apartment Earth is a contemporary fine art gallery based in Charleston, West Virginia. The gallery space has a unique presence in the state where arts institutions are largely devoted to showing traditional arts and crafts or well-established artists. Apartment Earth shows the type of artwork that you don’t expect to see in West Virginia - and rarely find in other galleries based in Charleston.

The gallery is devoted to presenting exemplary works primarily from emerging and undiscovered artists. The works are daring, provocative – and sometimes even controversial.

The space is a vibrant contributor to Charleston’s community and is often one of the most popular stops during monthly arts events. Beyond providing a source of entertainment and value to residents of Charleston, the unique nature of the gallery means that it is one of few venues available for the diverse population of emerging, contemporary West Virginian artists to exhibit their work.

Why We Need Your Help

Because of the type of artwork that Apartment Earth presents, including works from artists that aren’t able to command high price points and experientially-focused/installation works that are inherently challenging to sell, we are requesting your help with a monthly sustainer gift as a measure to help offset the costs to run the gallery space so that we may continue to operate in Charleston.

What We Need

We are looking for monthly sustainer gifts at the $1 to $10 levels to help offset operational expenses such as utilities, which average in excess of $250 each month, and human resources support to keep the gallery open for regular business hours throughout the month.

This is a stopgap solution while we seek to diversify our revenue streams, including:
  • Offer regular workshops and classes.
  • Building a better online presence to sell and promote our work.
  • Diversifying the types of artwork and merchandise we sell.
  • implement methods to cut our overhead costs, such as installing LED lighting.

We are working diligently every day to see that we are able to get to a self-sustaining point in the future.


GOAL SECTION

Our primary goal is to obtain a baseline level of $500 per month in sustaining gifts as a measure to meet our operational needs (described in the “What We Need” section on this page) and keep the gallery running in Charleston.

If 23% of our Facebook followers give $1 per month or less than 5% of our followers give $5 per month – we have achieved this goal. Gifts in excess of $1 to $10 per month are welcome and appreciated. You may choose to change or stop your monthly giving at any time if your circumstances change.

$150 GOAL: LED Lighting is environmentally friendly as well as save money on monthly utilities.
$300 GOAL: Workshops are something we have provided in the past, but the lack of seed money for supplies have prevented us from continuing. At this level we will be able to resume quality workshops that will teach artists skills they may otherwise have trouble learning.
$350 GOAL: New Website would give us a more well rounded internet presence and help us sell work online.
$400 GOAL: 3 Days a Week being open would give the public a better chance to view the work and perhaps purchase something.
$500 GOAL: Keep the Gallery Open is honestly the real purpose of this campaign. I can no longer afford to keep the gallery open without your help due to ongoing medical expenses for my dog among other things.
$1000 GOAL: Return to Form at this goal level we would have no funding problems at all and could return to the more outside the box type programming we originally intended.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
6 patrons
Access to exclusive content posted here on the Patreon site and be invited to a once a year Thank You Party for Patreon supporters only.
Pledge $5 or more per month
9 patrons
Receive an exclusive Apartment Earthling button and sticker to show that you are a supporter of the gallery. You will also have access to exclusive content posted here on the Patreon site and be invited to a once a year Thank You Party for Patreon supporters only.
Pledge $10 or more per month
4 patrons
Have you ever wanted to be able to get first dibs on art from one of our exhibits? Well at this level you will be invited to see the show the night before it opens. This will allow you to get a jump on anyone else who might want the same piece as you. Make sure you get that red dot on the perfect piece before someone else does! You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
Receive a piece of art by Nik Botkin or Elizabeth Turner. This could include a 3" acrylic fish or a 4" square nature photograph by Nik Botkin or one of Elizabeth Turner's 4" geometric drawings. You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
Receive a piece of art by Nik Botkin or Elizabeth Turner. This could include a 9" or smaller acrylic fish or a medium size square nature photograph by Nik Botkin or one of Elizabeth Turner's medium size framed geometric drawings. You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Be recognized as an Official Apartment Earthling of the Year. You will be the guest of honor at the once a year Thank You Party and be publicly recognized as a person who has helped the gallery in a great way. Your trophy will be a custom made acrylic fish which testifies to your generosity. Of course, you will also receive all the other benefits of the lower reward levels as well.
Pledge $100 or more per month
1 patron
At this level you will receive 10% off all purchases in the gallery and of course, you will also receive all the other benefits of the lower reward levels but there will be something even better as well!
Goals
$107 of $150 per month
Since we are a gallery with an environmental background we would very much like to replace all of our bulbs with LED lighting. This would benefit us in several ways. Full spectrum LED lights provide a much more pleasant viewing experience for the art on display. They put off less heat and are extremely more efficient than incandescent lighting and would therefore reduce electricity costs.
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Apartment Earth is a contemporary fine art gallery based in Charleston, West Virginia. The gallery space has a unique presence in the state where arts institutions are largely devoted to showing traditional arts and crafts or well-established artists. Apartment Earth shows the type of artwork that you don’t expect to see in West Virginia - and rarely find in other galleries based in Charleston.

The gallery is devoted to presenting exemplary works primarily from emerging and undiscovered artists. The works are daring, provocative – and sometimes even controversial.

The space is a vibrant contributor to Charleston’s community and is often one of the most popular stops during monthly arts events. Beyond providing a source of entertainment and value to residents of Charleston, the unique nature of the gallery means that it is one of few venues available for the diverse population of emerging, contemporary West Virginian artists to exhibit their work.

Why We Need Your Help

Because of the type of artwork that Apartment Earth presents, including works from artists that aren’t able to command high price points and experientially-focused/installation works that are inherently challenging to sell, we are requesting your help with a monthly sustainer gift as a measure to help offset the costs to run the gallery space so that we may continue to operate in Charleston.

What We Need

We are looking for monthly sustainer gifts at the $1 to $10 levels to help offset operational expenses such as utilities, which average in excess of $250 each month, and human resources support to keep the gallery open for regular business hours throughout the month.

This is a stopgap solution while we seek to diversify our revenue streams, including:
  • Offer regular workshops and classes.
  • Building a better online presence to sell and promote our work.
  • Diversifying the types of artwork and merchandise we sell.
  • implement methods to cut our overhead costs, such as installing LED lighting.

We are working diligently every day to see that we are able to get to a self-sustaining point in the future.


GOAL SECTION

Our primary goal is to obtain a baseline level of $500 per month in sustaining gifts as a measure to meet our operational needs (described in the “What We Need” section on this page) and keep the gallery running in Charleston.

If 23% of our Facebook followers give $1 per month or less than 5% of our followers give $5 per month – we have achieved this goal. Gifts in excess of $1 to $10 per month are welcome and appreciated. You may choose to change or stop your monthly giving at any time if your circumstances change.

$150 GOAL: LED Lighting is environmentally friendly as well as save money on monthly utilities.
$300 GOAL: Workshops are something we have provided in the past, but the lack of seed money for supplies have prevented us from continuing. At this level we will be able to resume quality workshops that will teach artists skills they may otherwise have trouble learning.
$350 GOAL: New Website would give us a more well rounded internet presence and help us sell work online.
$400 GOAL: 3 Days a Week being open would give the public a better chance to view the work and perhaps purchase something.
$500 GOAL: Keep the Gallery Open is honestly the real purpose of this campaign. I can no longer afford to keep the gallery open without your help due to ongoing medical expenses for my dog among other things.
$1000 GOAL: Return to Form at this goal level we would have no funding problems at all and could return to the more outside the box type programming we originally intended.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
6 patrons
Access to exclusive content posted here on the Patreon site and be invited to a once a year Thank You Party for Patreon supporters only.
Pledge $5 or more per month
9 patrons
Receive an exclusive Apartment Earthling button and sticker to show that you are a supporter of the gallery. You will also have access to exclusive content posted here on the Patreon site and be invited to a once a year Thank You Party for Patreon supporters only.
Pledge $10 or more per month
4 patrons
Have you ever wanted to be able to get first dibs on art from one of our exhibits? Well at this level you will be invited to see the show the night before it opens. This will allow you to get a jump on anyone else who might want the same piece as you. Make sure you get that red dot on the perfect piece before someone else does! You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $20 or more per month
0 patrons
Receive a piece of art by Nik Botkin or Elizabeth Turner. This could include a 3" acrylic fish or a 4" square nature photograph by Nik Botkin or one of Elizabeth Turner's 4" geometric drawings. You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $30 or more per month
0 patrons
Receive a piece of art by Nik Botkin or Elizabeth Turner. This could include a 9" or smaller acrylic fish or a medium size square nature photograph by Nik Botkin or one of Elizabeth Turner's medium size framed geometric drawings. You will also receive all the benefits of the lower reward levels including the button, sticker and an invitation to an exclusive Thank You Party.
Pledge $50 or more per month
1 patron
Be recognized as an Official Apartment Earthling of the Year. You will be the guest of honor at the once a year Thank You Party and be publicly recognized as a person who has helped the gallery in a great way. Your trophy will be a custom made acrylic fish which testifies to your generosity. Of course, you will also receive all the other benefits of the lower reward levels as well.
Pledge $100 or more per month
1 patron
At this level you will receive 10% off all purchases in the gallery and of course, you will also receive all the other benefits of the lower reward levels but there will be something even better as well!