#GoodArtsBuilding - A Seattle Gem:
The Mission To Preserve The Building's Artistic Heritage and Affordability to Creative's.
The Good Arts Building
Late last year, local developer Greg Smith, Cherry Street Coffee House founder Ali Ghambari, artist Jane Richlovsky, and ACT Theatre technical director Steve Coulter formed Good Arts LLC and together purchased the historic Scheuerman Block, an 1890 gem at the corner of First and Cherry. Their mission: to preserve the building's artistic heritage and affordability to creatives.
Amid weekly, if not daily, stories of displaced artists, Good Arts set out to write a different story. Since taking possession of the building, the new owners have displaced only rats , about a hundred of them. Instead, Good Arts spent its first year donating space for the Center on Contemporary Art, La Sala Latino Artists Network, and the Seattle Art Fair to install pop-up galleries. During Art Fair week, the building sported a whopping four satellite venues, the fourth being '57 Biscayne's Placiness exhibit on the second floor. Over the course of the year artists Etta Lillienthal, Amanda James Parker, and several painters from '57 Biscayne also made use of the vacant retail space for temporary projects and installations. Upstairs, an underutilized second-floor lobby was remodeled into some permanent exhibition space and an additional studio for '57 Biscayne.
On the exterior, the Good Arts Building's is having its first paint job in over twenty years, in colors (picked by the artists) that offer the eye a refreshing break from the once-mandatory Pioneer Square forest green of the 1980's. Customized steel flower basket hangers, featuring pictorial nods to the buildings' colorful occupants past and present, and handmade by owners Richlovsky and Coulter, tell its story as you walk along the street.
Work will soon commence on the new Cherry Street Public House in the combined three corner storefronts; as well as on the conversion of a fourth storefront into Good Arts Arcade, two boutique-sized retail spaces and two working studios that open on to a central gallery. The Arcade will provide affordable space for the making, exhibiting, and selling of a range of creative goods, and foster a supportive community for the makers and sellers. Next year and beyond, more studios and a flexible performance space are in the plans. Stay tuned.
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