Con Artist Converting Retail Store to Showroom

Posted on: March 31st, 2011 at 6:39 am by

Swiftly approaching its one-year anniversary, the subterranean Con Artist collective at 119 Ludlow Street is pitching a changeup of sorts.  Thrifty vintage hunters might be upset to learn that owner Brian Shevlin is ditching the up-front threads shop to focus on the meat and potatoes of the communal business.  After all, membership equals money.  Straight up.  To that end, seasoned undergrounder Shevlin is already in the process of transforming his secondhand store into a dedicated gallery.

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Until now, the cramped backroom space carried the dual burden of workshop and showroom.  By eliminating the retail portion of the venture, however, member-artists will certainly gain more space to create.  And with it, the new option of 24-hour access.  We received the following email from Shevlin, who detailed the plans:

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April is Con Artist’s one year anniversary and we’re going to make a few changes to get focused on what matters most around here… Art, and having parties and events with that art. So, we’ve decided to close the retail store. The front store is already in the process of becoming our dedicated gallery space, and we plan to open up only for those events, as well as other times when we don’t drink too much the night before and actually wake up motivated early in the morning (ok afternoon).

We’re also excited to now offer 24 hour access artist workspace for as little as $200 a month. If you know anyone interested in having access to our incredible space as well as all the shared equipment (4 color screen press, photo studio, light table, work tables, drop sink, power washer, and more) we’ve got 4 spaces left available.

If you are interested in joining the collective, send an email here.

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