Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, the monOrchid building offers space for events, weddings, photo/video production, art exhibits and small businesses. The monOrchid is a 14,000 sq ft space comprised of open exhibition space, office pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas. The varied connected spaces house multiple creative businesses and offer unique settings for cultural events within the masonry walls and soaring natural wood bow trusses. Originally a warehouse constructed in 1937 by Del Webb, the building is an excellent example of adaptive-reuse in the City’s core. Through ten years of renovation and invention, the building has morphed into a place for collaboration, creativity and celebration.
For those who know monOrchid, it’s a hidden treasure amongst all the the revitalization efforts in the Phoenix downtown area. On the north side of Roosevelt, it’s unassuming in appearance and unique in nature. It’s a very special space that allows for us to share in celebration as well as the awaken our desire for imagination.
Ironically, it’s mostly a part of those who are “in the know.” So to elevate its continued success the time has come to increase the awareness of this amazing space, challenge the conventional thinking of event planning and inspire the creative soul in all of us.
Our website will provide a small background on monOrchid along with some of the national and local press it has attracted. Perhaps more importantly this website will allow for even greater success and awareness of one of the most creative spaces in Arizona.
A brief history of the monOrchid
• Located in the heart of the arts district in downtown Phoenix, the monOrchid building offers space for a variety of events: weddings, photo/video production, art exhibits and corporate events and seminars.
• The monOrchid is a 14,000 square foot space comprised of open exhibition space, ofﬁce pods, and two world-class photo cycloramas.
• The varied connected spaces house multiple creative businesses and offer unique settings for cultural events within the masonry walls and soaring natural wood bow trusses.
• Originally a warehouse constructed in 1937 by Del Webb, the building is an excellent example of adaptive-reuse in the City’s core. Through ten years of renovation and invention, the building has morphed into a place for collaboration, creativity and celebration.
About Wayne Rainey (owner/creator):
Robert Wayne Rainey, born March 16, 1966, is a ﬁne-art and commercial photographer, and artistic community activist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Educated in photography through 23 years of practical experience, Wayne Rainey’s professional background includes black + white and color printing and large, medium, and small format photography utilizing 8 x 10, 4 x 5, 35 mm, experimental, and digital cameras. He has specialized in commercial ﬁelds such as food, lifestyles, resort, and major production advertising, including all prep and post.
Aside from his commercial career, Rainey’s reputation in the ﬁne arts world is made evident through exhibitions at Bentley Gallery and reviews in publications such as ArtNews and Communication Arts.
Rainey has traveled extensively in Africa, Europe, and North and South America. It is through this travel that he distills a profound perspective and vision that is common throughout his imagery. Combined with his love for the southwest, Rainey has cultivated a unique understanding and appreciation for observing and photographing people in their local environments.
Rainey is active in his hometown cultural district, where he has implemented numerous projects to revitalize the area, including both live / work facilities for artists with Holga’s, an RO3 Development, and a multidisciplinary creative consortium, realized in the monOrchid building.
He was also the founder and executive publisher of Shade, an urban arts magazine, and truly understands the process of moving ﬁlm to a ﬁnished publication.
His commercial work is recognized throughout the world and his awards include ADDY Awards, an Award of Excellence from CA, and accolades in PDN and the Alternative Pick. Rainey’s active presence in the community is apparent by his memberships on various neighborhood and downtown boards and was called an urban pioneer by the Arizona Republic, and placed on the Phoenix New Times “2003 Cool Index.”
The monOrchid is the premier art gallery in Downtown Phoenix. Because we are located in the heart of the arts district on Roosevelt Row in central Phoenix, the exposure that this building receives is incredible. Additionally, the monOrchid Gallery is open to the public for First Friday Artwalk. This is why so many artists desire to show their work in our art gallery. If you are an artist, there is an opportunity to show your work as we feature a different local artist in the gallery space each month.