Veer off 18th Street and swing a left onto Laflin, heading toward this little corner storefront space that the No Coast Collective recently converted into a studio, store and multi-use art studio. Open the wrought iron, corner-positioned door to get inside, where the space itself is divided up. The front-half is more of a lecture space, while the back—which functions as a working studio—has objects labeled with their Spanish words, a giant table layered with fabric, and at least one sewing machine chugging away. Six to eight artists work full-time in the studios. Additional volunteers chip in with programming, retail and other random tasks as needed.
With an aim toward inclusiveness, sharing and a general communal attitude, No Coast members believe that "the products and processes of creative practice should be accessible to whomever is interested in them." Using their talents, they hope to create a "nurturing, open and collaborative community." Even though the artists involved specialize in fiber arts and printmaking, they're inclusive of not only creating, but also showing and discussing art in different media.
The store half of No Coast is slated to open late summer/fall 2008, splitting up the space to 60 percent artist, 40 percent store. Consignments will most likely be open submission; the collective seeks independently made apparel, accessories, prints/posters, publications and records that sell for under $50. Check out the website for forthcoming information.
Centerstage Reviewer: Alicia Eler