Artists host fest to mark a decade

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May 2, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Jeremy Stratton
Jeremy Stratton

Artists at Traffic Zone Center for the Visual Arts, 250 3rd Ave N., will open their studios to the public on Saturday, May 7, 6-9 p.m. to celebrate 10 years in the building, which houses Bev's Wine Bar on the first floor.

Traffic Zone artist Lisa Nankivil said the building is owned "50-50" by Artspace Projects, which develops and manages space for local artists, and resident artists who were "tired of being thrown out of other buildings."

A decade later, the building hosts 23 "mid-career" artists, most of whom have in-town galleries, according to Nankivil. The open house will give patrons a chance to view and buy art from "a whole realm of work," she said, including large oils, textile, calligraphy and sculpture either at the first-floor lobby gallery or in each artist's open studio.

Studios will offer beverages, wine and food. Last year's event drew 1,200 people, Nankivil said.