The Second Saturday Art Walk on E Cherry St just keeps growing. With the Central Space studios next door to Coyote Central at 23rd and Cherry providing an active block of artists in the heart of the CD, a new building with affordable studio space joined the walk for the first time September 2.
2522 E Cherry is already home to several artists and organizations, including Seattle Gay Scene and The Last Quest, a video production company. The building is about half occupied, and rent for the remaining spaces range from $250-350 per month.
In just a few years, Cherry St east of 23rd Ave has become a hot spot for artists. With Coyote Central moving in and the low rent studio space at Central Space drawing people of all trades, this year has seen a burst of activity on the street (see our previous story).
One challenge facing the Art Walk is finding a way to activate the block that housed NOVA High School, which separates the block with Central Space and Coyote Central from Twilight Exit (which has been an active participant) and 2522 E Cherry. Arrows drawn with sidewalk chalk led art walkers to the east section of the walk, but it seemed that few people were making trip.
It was a little low-key at 2522 Saturday because they decided to take part in the walk only ten days earlier, said Building Manager Les Sterling. But they hope to have a lot more going on at next month’s art walk October 8.
But this reporter has no complaints about the entertainment at 2522. Members of The Last Quest were screening some of their videos Saturday, including a fantastic short documentary about cavy (Guinea Pig) enthusiasts called “WCF?” by Cassidy Dimon and Katie Gregg. If you have ten minutes, it’s really great. Watch it below (you can also buy a copy on DVD).