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Re: [BKARTS] Call for Artwork



It's hard to know the motives of your Zoning Board, but their argument these areas are not condusive to creativity or that artists wouldn't live there is totally off the mark. Historically the pattern is for artists to search out these locations, mostly because they can't afford anything else. They bring a new energy to the area. Next thing you know it's hip. And of course the next thing is that it's gentrified, expensive and the artists have to move out. And so it goes.

The Pearl District in Portland Oregon is a prime example. Nobody was interested in the motley collection of worn out brick warehouses, derelict railroad yards and empty lots. Artists camped out, moved in, brought energy and vibrancy and voila, now it's the trendiest costliest part of town. This isn't so good for artists in the long run, but if the Zoning Board was thinking, they'd realize that they're sitting on a gold mine.

On another track, last year the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation that is seeking to restore and maintain an old paper mill at Oregon City just south of Portland hosted an event where they opened the mill to selected area artists to depict in their chosen way with phenomenal results.

I'd be happy to send links offline that document this activity here in Portland if this kind of fodder is helpful, such as this one: http://willamettefalls.org/poster.

Good luck with your efforts!

Cherry Britton


On Mar 19, 2008, at 9:00 PM, Maxine Farkas wrote:


This exhibit is open to any artist who wishes to make a statement about the inspiration to be found in industrial areas, about where artists are happy living and working or about the difficulties that we face in finding affordable, suitable places to live and work. For those who live in New England, we invite you to come, find and use as inspiration, anything within 1/8 mile of the Western Avenue Studios Complex. But it isn't necessary to come to Lowell - we invite you to find inspiration in your particular industrial area.

The story . . .

On January 28, 2008, the Lowell, MA Zoning Board of Appeals denied a special permit to the Western Avenue Lofts project which would have provided 48 perpetually affordable artist-owned live/work spaces in the G-Mill of the Western Avenue Studios Complex.

Zoning Board members argued that the Western Avenue area is too dirty, smelly and noisy to be conducive to creativity. They also declared that artists would not be happy living and working in an industrial area, and that no one would want to be located right next to the Pawtucket Canal.

The more than 160 artists who work in the 121 studios located in the Main building and A-Mill of the complex take exception to these arguments!

During the month of June 2008 the artists at Western Avenue Studios are inviting artists to comment on the Zoning Board members arguments . . . for a full prospectus go to www.dirtysmellynoisy.com

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