The scat­ter­ing of artists by Den­ver stu­dios’ ris­ing rents

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Craig Mar­shall Smith,

As an artist, I was never truly “painted into a cor­ner” and forcibly re­moved, but I was priced out of vi­able down­town Den­ver stu­dio op­tions. Some of you may re­mem­ber the Grant Street Art Cen­ter in the 1980s. It was full of artists (Mark Fri­day, Patti Or­tiz, Katharine McGuin­ness), and held mem­o­rable First Fri­day­like open­ings long be­fore First Fri­day. Then we were handed our hats, and the build­ing be­came the Art Stu­dents League. We scat­tered.

I had to pack up and leave my down­town Den­ver stu­dios three times, once be­cause of the im­pend­ing base­ball sta­dium, and de­cided to have an in-home stu­dio built in 2004. But I am never very far re­moved — in thought — from ur­ban, col­lec­tive and co­op­er­a­tive artists, who, as Ray Mark Ri­naldi ex­plained, pro­vide the com­mu­nity, the state and the re­gion with ob­jects and ideas that any­one can use as maps to find the in­ti­mate places in our heads and in our hearts.

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