Commission Targets Need For West Side Art Space

By Richard Brenneman
Friday September 22, 2006

The plight of artists seeking to live and work in West Berkeley is the subject of a special meeting to be held this afternoon (Friday). 

Called by the city’s Civic Arts Commission, the meeting will host an open forum from 1 to 2 p.m. on the plight of the artists seeking live-in studios in the most affordable part of a gentrifying city. 

The meeting comes in the wake of last month’s eviction of the Nexus collective and the eviction last year of the artists who lived and worked in the Drayage. 

Both structures housed an eclectic gathering of painters, sculptors, woodworkers and other arts and crafts folk. 

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the old Peerless Lighting building at 2246 Fifth Street.