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San Diego Uptown News | September 16–29, 2011


A piece from Marie Thibeault’s “Emanations” collection at Space 4 Art. Photo courtesy of Space 4 Art. A home for art and artists

By Jocelyn Maggard SDUN Reporter

On the outside, the Space 4 Art building, at 325 15th St., looks likes any other industrial warehouse in the East Village, with a little bit more of an artis- tic flair. Inside the building, with cement floors and plain white and wood paneled walls, more than 30 local artists create contemporary works of art. The spacious building, smelling of art supplies and

suffused with natural light, gives San Diego artists a place to work and live, offering five on-site studio apartments. Cheryl Nickel, one of the three founders of

Space 4 Art says many artists cannot afford to live in the downtown area, which sometimes forces

them to leave San Diego.

Rent includes utilities and the use of shared facilities. The resident artists also volunteer eight hours of service every week to offset rent. Nickel said San Diego needs a place for young, innovative artists to work. On Sept. 3, Space 4 Art held the opening of their show “Space 4 Art: Cubed.” “This was an opening where we had the opportunity to do something on a grander scale,” said Nickel. It involved two exhibits, onstage performances, and the artists’ studios were open to the public. “Cubed” opened during the weekend of Art San

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