Friday, January 06, 2012
I finally got to check out the new retail store and gallery of Toy Art Gallery. I was blown away. It wasn't that long ago when Gino had his personal collection on display in that single room around the corner. I got to hang out with my buddy Connell who works there full time. Aaron, sorry I didn't get chance to see you...Anyways, it's my first time visiting the store/gallery and I couldn't believe how big the space is. The space in front is reserved for the gallery and at the time, Quim Tarrida's fantastic ceramic sculptures were on display. The rest of the space is dedicated to toys and art. A couple of things that make TAG unique: Gino has diverse tastes in toys and art. He likes Western toys and Japanese sofubi with equal passion. Gino also like BIG toys/sculptures as you can see. Gino might have one of your favorite toys made into a four foot fiberglass sculpture...! It's a fantastic place to browse around. I could spend hours just looking at everything. I say one of the best toy stores in the country.