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Ake Gallery Special Opening at the Crescent Commons


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Crescent Corset Building
165 Main Street
Cortland, NY


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The Ake will have a special opening on Friday, September 23rd, from 6PM to 10PM

The Ake Gallery’s mission is to take the stuffiness out of the art gallery experience and offer affordable, fun fine art and encourage and promote the many talented artists living in the area.  

In 2001 Paul Kozlowski, a native of Cortland, opened the Fake Gallery, an art gallery and performance venue, in Los Angeles, California. Over a 14 year span, Paul sold hundreds of paintings and sculptures, many to celebrities like Bill Maher and Bobcat Goldthwait. Sarah Silverman featured one of Paul’s flags on her HBO special, “We Are Miracles.”

Paul also created art for a number of Hollywood businesses and studios, including a 68 painting commission for the new Cartoon Network headquarters. His sculpture, “Larry The Little Wood Boy” was one of many purchased by Robin Williams and was recently auctioned off by Robin Williams’ estate for thousands of dollars.

Meanwhile, performances by some of the best comedians in the world made the Fake Gallery an underground LA hot spot. Patton Oswalt and Maria Bamford held comedy residencies there, and Robin Williams once proclaimed that the art on the walls was “like the foreplay before sex.” The LA Weekly wrote that the Fake Gallery was the best place to see comedy in Los Angeles.

After observing the efforts of so many Central New Yorkers making Upstate NY a cultural destination, Paul was encouraged to move back to his hometown. With several decades of working in the entertainment industry (writing for Chris Rock, John Stewart, Steven Colbert, John Leguizamo, Ellen, and many others) under his belt, Paul now enjoys a less hectic, small town existence where he can make a bigger impact on bringing art to the community.

Our regular hours after that will be:
Fridays from 12PM to 5PM
Saturdays from 12PM to 5PM

Ake Gallery Special Opening at the Crescent Commons

165 Main Street
Cortland, NY

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