Artspace Hastings River Lofts provide affordable housing and workspaces for local artists to expand their creativity and contribute to Hastings’ burgeoning art scene.
The River Lofts were established in 2017 and provide 37 live and work units for creatives and their families.
To help inform the city about what Artspace is about and introduce the community to its creatives, Artspace is hosting its first fall community celebration on Saturday, Oct. 23.
“It’s an opportunity for the creatives to display their art and for the community to come meet the creatives and learn about what we do,” Artspace resident and event organizer Estrella Carter said.
The community celebration is free to attend and will include an art fair from Artspace residents, live music, kids’ activities and free food.
The event goes from 12 to 3 p.m. and takes place outside the Artspace River Lofts, located at the intersection of Tyler Street and 2nd Street.
Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council will set up art making and activity stations for kids to try out during the event, Carter said.
“And I’m going to do little cute party bags with little things and giveaways,” she said.
The resident artists will set up tables and booths at the event to show off their work or sell some of their original pieces.
Musicians Wendell Kirk and Brad Martin will perform a selection of blues, pop and jazz music during the fall celebration as well.
Carter said there will be a bunch of food and beverages for attendees, including barbeque, burgers, hotdogs, cupcakes and cider.
Carter and her husband Michael are organizing the event to bring awareness to what Artspace is and foster community between the creatives and Hastings’ residents.
“The Artspace building is pretty new to the Hastings community, and I think that there’s some people in the community that don’t really know about the building,” Carter said
To bring more visibility to the Artspace building and creatives that live in it, Carter wanted to organize a community gathering to celebrate the arts in Hastings and introduce people to Artspace that may not know much about it.
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