The growing art scene in Chelsea now has an organized night out for gallery exhibit openings and the socializing that goes with them, including FREE wine and cheese. Every Thursday, many smaller, independent galleries in Chelsea host opening free art gallery events for their new exhibitions, or just celebrate an existing exhibition or individual artist.
The free art gallery events are generally Thursdays, 3pm to 8.30pm. Check these FREE resources to find out what’s happening and where:
Chelsea Gallery Map is both a map of Chelsea galleries and a list of events.
NY Art Beat lets you search for events by neighborhood, art genre, opening parties, etc.
ArtSlant has a daily calendar, including art museum openings and other events, and also lets you search by category.
There’s also a Meetup group, Thursday Gallery Hop, you can join for free.
Alternatively, you could join a meet-up, here.