Local artists see bright side in final show April 13
Junctionview Studios will be closing its doors at the end of the month.
While it's true the warehouse that serves as a work space for artists and performers is being forced to vacate its building at 889 Williams Ave. due to further development of Grandview Yard, there is a general feeling of gratitude to Nationwide Realty Investors, said building manager and member artist Adam Brouillette.
"They bought the property in 2008 and told us at the time we had probably two years before we'd have to move out," he said. "It's been five years and Nationwide has been really gracious in letting us stay here for as long as we could and supportive in helping us find other spaces for our artists.
"We've had time to mentally prepare for the day we have to close, so there's more of a feeling of celebration for what we've accomplished here rather than sadness," Brouillette said.
Since opening in 2004, Junctionview has held more than 100 events and has been "almost like a home" for its members, he said.
"It's become a family," Brouillette said. "It's a community that's grown where people can come and do their work and get support and feedback from each other. There's someone here working almost 24 hours a day."
The warehouse has 44 studios and a rehearsal space currently used by more than 50 artists and bands, he said. Along with visual arts and music, Junctionview tenants are also involved in yoga, martial arts and tattoo artistry.
Wood turner Devon Palmer has worked out of Junctionview since January 2008.
"For me, it was the perfect next step to come here and participate in a larger art community," he said. "I've learned so much from the other artists here. It's great to be in a place where everyone is sort of moving in the same direction.
It's easy for an artist to walk down the hall to another studio and be inspired and encouraged by the work others are doing, Palmer said.
Painter Michael Ambron said he also is inspired by being surrounded by so many other artists at Junctionview.
"It's been such an incredibly creative atmosphere here," he said. "It really is a community of people who all support each other. It's kind of sad to be leaving."
Junctionview will hold its last show, Agora X, from noon to midnight Saturday, April 13.
"We'll have about 400 pieces of art hanging on our walls made by more than 100 artists," Brouillette said. "We'll have all of our studios open so people can see one last time what people do here."
A dozen bands will be performing throughout the day and there will also be vendors, food, a fashion show, local film makers creating movies and a dance party at the end of the evening.
"It really will be a pretty full day of activities," Brouillette said.
A memory wall will be set up for Junctionview artists and visitors to leave their thoughts, he said.
Most of the art pieces on display at Agora will be on sale, and Junctionview will hold a moving sale from 2 to 6 p.m. April 20.
"A lot of people in the community have said how said this is that 'a corporation is tearing the building down,' " Brouillette said. "But it's not really like that.
"As one of our artists said recently, it's really a happy time because while the tree is being cut down, think of all the acorns that tree has produced."