Arts + Culture

KAJ Gallery Opening

BY December 29, 2018

KAJ Art Gallery held a special VIP grand opening reception on Saturday, December 1 at their contemporary art gallery located at 462 9th Street North near downtown Naples. The gallery opened for business in early November.

Guests enjoyed wine, hors d’oeuvres and meeting the artists of the show’s contemporary art pieces. The opening exhibit featured unique contemporary art including paintings and sculptures by world renowned artists Paul Tamanian and Mark Dickson.

The gallery is a joint venture by longtime friends Jason Taylor and Kosmas Ballis. Taylor is an accomplished plastic surgeon and is currently based in Los Angeles. Ballis attended the Kansas City Art Institute and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University. The gallery’s focus is to bring some of the finest contemporary artwork to the Naples, Florida community.

In addition, the gallery also presented the ‘Kosmask’ exhibit which are large, lightweight wall sculptures. The opening show featured the work of internationally acclaimed sculptor, Michael Lucero, who designed six of the masks.

The current show will run until February 9. Local Naples residents and visitors will be able to enjoy contemporary art from other top artists during future shows.

KAJ Gallery is located at 462 9th Street North between 4th and 5th Avenues North. For more information, call 239-234-7918 or visit

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