BAMA Galleries – for rent

BAMA Galleries no more (for now)

The Burkhardt family has owned 946 Bloomfield Street since the 1920’s. And for the last decade, Chris Burkhardt has run the corner retail location as BAMA Galleries.

BAMA Galleries was small and quaint, but served as home to many community-minded art, music and poetry exhibitions, classes and events. BAMA even had other things going on like Yoga and dance instruction, too.

But now 946 Bloomfield is for rent. Why?

946 Bloomfield For Rent BAMA Galleries

Well, they had to close the gallery. “For the last several years I was struggling with multiple heart diseases and tried my best to keep shows going as I could both energy and fiscally,” Chris said.

When asked if he plans to continue his passion for art, and what will happen to the 10th & Bloomfield space Chris said, “As of right now I haven’t quite decided which direction I would want to go with exhibiting artists (whether brick or mortar; or a web presence; or continue as a boutique dealer).

Regarding the space in general, my family is entertaining some other options regarding how the space can both support our expenses as well as work within our neighborhood, which is important for us.”

While it’s too bad that a unique cultural space had to come to an end – health is definitely more important. And it’s nice to know the Burkhardt family is being selective as to which kind of tenants they’ll allow to rent from them. Last thing we need is another convenience type store, right?

Good luck with your future endeavors, Chris!

Image from 2006:

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Website –
Address – 946 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:45 pm

always loved this space even though it it could have been more active. Hope the best for Chris and the future of their art passion.

Tama Murden
Tama Murden
Friday, January 11, 2008 3:42 pm

Re 6. & the “modern impish sylph,” et al on her website…. kudos for marketing savvy, I suppose. So vey hard to make a living as an artist…good for her, if she’s making her way.

But who cares if she’s a sylph or a hippo—its the quality of the work that counts. (After all, Rembrandt, from his self-portraits, would never have won any handsome pageants.)

While it appears that her technical skills are solid, the work displayed on the website & @ the beginning of this thread, is much more commissioned-commercial. Nothing wrong w/that, just don’t ply it as “fine art,” when it’s not. (And alas, the painting labeled “Fine Art” on the website conjures Kincaid-Painter-of-Light.)

And I might suggest that she’s a Baroque-inspired,(so Blucheez’s “Bouguie” comparison is quite apt), representational artist. Other than depicting some classical columns in her murals, there’s nothing stylistically neo-classical about her work. Curious to market it it that way….

Friday, January 11, 2008 1:40 pm

So…art is really subjective. REALLY subjective. With that in mind…I took a look at the website up above and honestly came away thinking, “I can see every single one of those paintings fitting perfectly on a black velvet canvas”. IMHO.

Friday, January 11, 2008 1:21 pm

She’s a “modern, impish sylph”, according to her resume. I guess that means her work doesn’t suck?

Friday, January 11, 2008 1:12 am

Personally i think that this is the most magnificent artist I have ever seen, and that anybody who insults her, her work, or anything else, should get a reality check because all of the above is marvelous. Not only are her paintings different from the normal abstract stuff that is out in the museums and galleries presently, but she does a wonderful and interesting job with her classical art style. I think everyone should check out the gallery and view the beautiful work.
Kudos Sheri, and Good Luck at the opening!

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