A new art gallery and event space will officially open its doors in Ocean Hill on October 2.

Delight Factory describes itself as a bold, supportive, and welcoming space for creative and curious people to come together, and explore their interests and selves. 

The space was co-founded by Jason Nunes and Elke Dehner, with Dehner saying the pair’s original plans for the space were thwarted by the pandemic, but they were thrilled to finally welcome neighbors in.

“Inherent in our name is the belief you can remodel your own state of mind and your own emotional state, and we’ve certainly all learned that throughout the past two years,” Dehner said.

The 1,000-square-foot space was reimagined, designed, and constructed over the past 18 months using sustainable materials, and it features a studio space, a bar, and an outdoor patio. It also includes artist Kate Raudenbush’s new site specific installation, “Oculus Root,” developed with the founders, which incorporates elements based on chakras, nature and the architecture of the space.

Delight Factory. Photo: Filip Wolak/Supplied.

Designed as an interactive portal, visitors step through the installation as they transition from the outside world into the venue. Raudenbush also created the back-lit bar, called “Garden of Delight.”

Delight Factory will host regular public events and will also be available for private rentals. Opening month events include a storytelling night by monologist Martin Dockery, featuring a blessing of the space by The Moth’s artistic director Catherine Burns; a dance party featuring DJ vboy; a solo exhibition by sculptor Kate Raudenbush; and a musical “Ego Free Jam,” which will become a recurring monthly event.

Additional events, artist residencies, yoga classes and space donations are still to be announced.

Monthly music jams, known as Ego Free Jams, will be a recurring event at the space. Nunes said before the pandemic the pair was holding the jams, and they were the impetus for creating Delight Factory in the first place, “with the goal of fostering a supportive space where musicians and other guests can experiment, take a little risk, mess up, and have fun together.”

The gallery’s October lineup includes:

Good Times @ The Delight Factory with Martin Dockery; Opening Night with DJ Party

Saturday, October 2, 2021. Doors open at 7:00pm; Show at 8:00pm; DJ Party at 9:00pm

Free, with thanks to NYC Cultural Affairs and City Artist Corps

Kate Raudenbush: GLYPHS – Symbols from the Subconscious; Solo Exhibition Opening

Thursday, October 14, 5:00pm-8:00pm

Ego Free Jam — All Hallows Eve Edition

Saturday, October 30, 7:00pm-10:00pm

Free, with thanks to NYC Cultural Affairs and City Artist Corps

Delight Factory is located at 303 Saratoga Avenue. To learn more, visit delightfactorynyc.com

Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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