Now that the Warehouse Arts District Association group in St. Petersburg has signed a contract to purchase the former Ace Recycling compound, they would love for everyone to come and see it and its potential. And they would also like to raise money toward the purchase.
To those ends, you're invited to "Envision the Enclave," a tour and fundraiser, Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at 515 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. It's free but donations are nice. For sale will be sandwiches and hot dogs from CA Cafe and cold beer from 3 Daughters Brewery. Artists will be on hand to do quick portraits and live music will add to the festivities.
The Warehouse Arts District is one of several in St. Petersburg. Unlike others, such as the Central Arts District for example, it doesn't have the urban charm of sidewalks, storefronts and consumer amenities. But it has drama. Huge old buildings have been repurposed as working studios, mostly without retail components, that are open to the public for social and educational events such as the monthly Second Saturday ArtWalk. Part of the Ace complex has already been converted to studios and the plan is for a first phase is to work with about 20,000 of the total 50,000 square feet.
Thursday's party will provide some specifics about the big makeover. Your contributions could help make it happen.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic