Where to Stop on a Night of Gallery Hopping in Chelsea NYC

After a long day of work, sometimes all you want to do is unwind with a free drink. Luckily, on any given weekday night in the Chelsea Arts District of NYC there are various free art gallery opening receptions where you can enjoy an open bar and socialize while perusing some interesting art. So skip the bar crawl, grab a few coworkers and embark on a night of gallery hopping at a few of these art galleries in Chelsea whenever there's a new exhibit opening.

1. The Painting Center. Exhibitions at The Painting Center feature art by emerging, mid-career and under-recognized artists. Founded by a group of artists in 1993, the gallery hosts about 20 exhibitions each year. Directions.

2. Tyler Rollins Fine Art. This gallery focuses primarily on contemporary art from Southeast Asia. Upcoming exhibits include work by Indonesian artist FX Harsono and Malaysian artist Yee I-Lann. Directions.

3. Joshua Liner Gallery. Art exhibits at Joshua Liner Gallery display work by artists from Europe, Asia, and North America. Art forms include mixed media sculpture, new media, and more. Directions

4. Ana Christea Gallery. The Ana Christea Gallery showcases contemporary art from Eastern Europe as well as works by emerging artists. Directions.

5. Robert Miller Gallery. A minimalist art gallery, Robert Miller Gallery exhibits contemporary art by underrepresented, mid-career, and established artists. Directions.

6. James Cohan Gallery. One of the three James Cohan Galleries, the Chelsea location is its flagship. Upcoming exhibits at the James Cohan Gallery include art by Berlin-based contemporary video artist Omer Fast and The Propeller Group, an artist collective headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Directions.

7. Agora Gallery. Established in 1984 by late artist Miki Stiles, Agora Gallery showcases the work of emerging artists. Exhibits feature photography, digital art, paintings, mixed media, sculpture and more. Directions.

Dana Gibbs is a multimedia journalist and blogger in New York. She loves all things pop culture and entertainment.

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