Grand Avenue's Indie Arthouse to Close at the End of April
Almost a year after Indie ArtHouse, a creative co-op and workspace, opened at 1504 Grand Ave., we spotted a "for lease" notice with the same address on Craigslist.
Last May, Sticker Club Girl (also known as Lisa Jacobs) opened the shop with a few creative friends who sold their own handmade goods as well as artwork and wares from local artists.
This week, Jacobs says the spot's future isn't looking too bright.
"It looks like Indie ArtHouse will be closing at the end of the month," says Jacobs. "Each of us had our own vision to follow."
The space has been home to members including Damian Jim, Astrid Guri Olafsen, Tina McReynolds, Kristina Kuhl, Hristi Stoilcheva, Michelle Ponce, Alyssa Shevlin, Brian Harrison, Estrella DeLuna, Joseph Cuevas, and Ethan Brown.
As members cycled in and out of the store/gallery/co-op, the group hosted an assortment of workshops and open studios as well as group and solo shows by local artists.
Beatrice Moore, who owns the space, has posted lease information on her Facebook page and on Craigslist.
She says the Arthouse members will be moving out at the end of the month, and that she's not sure what would be the "perfect" fit for the space (it's been art studio, a gallery, and candy/record store Sweets & Beats). But she does note that she's hoping to find tenants who plan to be open later in the evenings and carry similar hours to her Kooky Krafts arts and supply store and neighboring Bikini Lounge and Trunk Space.
Jacobs says she has no plans of delaying her own creative ventures. "I decided that I need to focus on Sticker Cub Girl, so I will not be staying either way," she says. "This will give me the time to make more art and fashion, and pursue some opportunities! I will still be carrying my stuff in local spaces, and coordinating events around town."
Moore is leasing the 1500 sq ft space for $850 per month. Tenant pays water and electric. For more information, see Moore's listing.
Indie ArtHouse will be hosting No! You Shut the Fuck Up, TOO!, a local poetry night with Aaron Johnson and Jason Alan Davis this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m..
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