Really, he wanted something where students and anyone of any profession could come and “feed [their] creative side.”
“It’s kind of like the old John Lennon saying: ‘Life happens when you’re making other plans.’” Fitzgerald said. “You can kind of put the word ‘art’ or ‘career’ in there. When you have a career that isn’t filling your creative side, then you need to find that creative side.”
From that idea Fitzgerald founded Art Intersection in 2011. The space, which combines galleries and studios, is located off of North Gilbert Road and was refurbished from an old dance studio.
Fitzgerald’s place includes three gallery spaces and a photo lab with a digital room, a classroom and a darkroom.
Art Intersection also curates Gallery 4 in HD South, the arts center and Gilbert Historical Museum home.
Fitzgerald said it is rare for students and photographers to be in a gallery displaying their work. “Most photographers never get their work off a computer,” he said. “We want the artist’s hands to be involved in the work.”
Along with providing a place for people to exhibit their art, Art Intersection also holds workshops for anyone looking to learn different types of photography, from traditional style to digital. Though photography is the focus, other mediums, sometimes mixed with photography, are embraced, too.
"There’s no gaps or barriers here to get involved with any flavor of photography, from film to digital to dark room to paper,” Fitzgerald said. “We really make a place that is for the experience of creating something.”
207 N. Gilbert Road, Ste. 101, Gilbert
Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., closed Sun.-Tues.