There are so many crappy office buildings in midtown, it would be a nice to see more of this.....turning boring dead office buildings into vibrant much needed space for local artists.
Perfectly located one block over from the 20th Street madhouse on 2nd Saturdays.
From midtown office complex to artists' showcase
By Bob Shallit - email@example.com
Published 12:00 am PDT Monday, May 5, 2008
A down-on-its-luck midtown office complex is about to become an arts incubator where local artists can work, mingle with their fans and – ideally – make lots of sales.
Downtown art gallery owner Barry Smith has leased the two-story building at 2110 K St. from property owner Thomas A. Roth – and is busily subleasing studio space to painters, photographers and sculptors.
"I thought at first I'd have to build it – and then they would come," Smith says of his Sacramento Art Complex. The remodeling work's not finished but he's already leased nearly all of his 20 or so available offices.
Among the tenants: Noted landscape and dragonfly painter Steve Memering – whose image of Sacramento's skyline will be part of the building's signage.
Memering is taking a prominent space at the building's entrance and will paint "right in the front window six mornings a week," says Smith.
Another prominent tenant is Vicki Asp, known for her lush, impressionistic California landscapes.
Smith will occupy the largest office suite, where he'll display and sell artworks by renowned landscape painter Gregory Kondos, the late cityscape artist William Tuthill and others. It's the same mix of art – along with framing services – that Smith carries at his downtown location at 1020 11th St., which will remain open.
The new gallery is set to debut Saturday during this month's Second Saturday festivities.
"People will stroll in … and immediately be in a maze of fantastic art," Smith says. "It'll blow their minds."