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Avenues of Exploration September 9, 2008

Posted by cbuchanan in Uncategorized.

If you were on 2nd Avenue North during Artwalk last weekend, you got to see some revitalization in action, with new stores, restaurants, hangouts, and residences that have opened in the last year. This Saturday you can get a look at another part of town that’s ripe for that kind of resurgence: Woodlawn.

The Woodlawn Arts event will introduce a new space for artist studios as well as a new event venue in the neighborhood just up 1st Avenue North. I was excited to do a print for the poster and Web site for this event–because I’m very excited that groups of people are taking an interest in that area. One of them mentioned to me that Woodlawn’s business district, which resembles a small-town downtown with historic buildings and tree-lined streets, could make a great magnet for the people living just across the railroad in Crestwood. Can you imagine if those buildings housed artists, restaurants, coffeehouses, and shops to supplement the businesses that already are there? I can see Woodlawn becoming something akin to Atlanta’s Little Five Points–or perhaps a very mini version of Chicago’s Wicker Park. Sure, it may take time–but then again, 2nd Avenue North downtown proves that turnarounds are possible. The Woodlawn Arts event lasts from 1:00 to 6:00 this Saturday, and hopefully I’ll see you there!

Back on 2nd Avenue, Space One Eleven is planning a Big FATT (Found Around the Town) Sale for October 4. This is going to be good–not only is Space One Eleven cleaning out its closets, but it’s asking other artists to do the same thing, so you’ll have your pick of art, art supplies, and most likely stuff like furniture, textiles, tools, electronics, jewelry, and collectibles to browse through and buy. Plus you’ll help raise money for Space One Eleven. If you’re interested in donating, call 328-0553, and if you’re interested in buying any of the sure-to-be-unique items, I’ll post more details about the sale once I get them.



1. Jeane Goforth - September 10, 2008

Scrollworks will be providing free music lessons on many instruments at the Woodlawn Arts event. Everyone is welcome to participate! We’ll be in Woodrow Hall and on the street teaching and performing from 12 to 6 on Saturday. Our office is in Woodlawn and we LOVE it!

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