As the impending (and seemingly ongoing) end for ArtsHab continues, residents and friends have gathered for a group exhibit focused on the impact our city's economic boom has had on the visual arts community. That message isn't quite clear as you peer into each individual piece, many of which are older works or the artists' personal favorites; what is clear is that as a whole, these artists have been able to live and produce work within a stable environment, both functionally within these studio spaces and idealistically as an incubating community--a community from which they can live, work, and continually feel inspired and supported.
For this exhibit, many of the artists included short bios of themselves and their thoughts on the city, and this small gesture reveals a deep and much needed glimpse; hitting home that if and when ArtsHab closes, it's not just a loss of another art studio space, but the dispersal of individual talents and the destruction of an entire community.
Artists: Ashley Andel, Ryan Brown, Jeff Collins, Pieter de Vos, Roger Garcia, Gabriela Rosende, Shane Krepakevich. Beth Pederson, Lynn Malin, Tristan McClelland, Tessa Nunn, Harold Pearse, Tim Rechner, Jenna Stanton, Greg Swain, Will Truchon, Arlene Wasylynchuk and Amanda Woodward.