Doers and Dreamers – Joseph LaLima

Midtown has long harbored many arts-related enterprises that were pretty well hidden, or not necessarily thought of as being related to the arts. Cornell St. has artist housing at the Lace Mills, makers of paints, pottery ovens,  and animatronics, as well as the studio space at Cornell St. Studios. The Shirt Factory, Pajama Factory, and Brush Factory are former manufacturing facilities that now house a mix of studios and living spaces for artists and recently Broadway is starting to sprout art galleries to accompany the performing arts anchor, UPAC. Say ‘hello’ to this week’s Doer and Dreamer who is doing his part in keeping the momentum going by opening up a gallery space on Broadway with an urban edge that will serve as retail, performance, and meeting space as well. Don’t miss his first gallery opening this weekend as part of Kingston’s First Saturday gallery exhibitions.

Your name: Joseph LaLima aka iam2nd

Business or organization: Broadway Arts

Occupation: Artist

What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
I have no approach other than being driven by spirit and passion. We are looking to embrace the diversity of Midtown by inspiring people visually. We want break down social barriers and stigmas with common denominator being art to always educate, inspire, and promote.

Where are you from originally?
The womb…. lol, Kingston

What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
Same answer as stated above, born here.

What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
The Catskill Mountains, they have some much to offer throughout the year. The ever changing environment is a constant source of inspiration.

When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
I love the architecture of Indianapolis, however I would probably choose Denver. I love the juxtaposition of the mountains and city.

Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
My procrastination constitutes an emergency for Liz.