“Art has the power to change lives. Art makes a community richer. Art is for everyone.”
Those are important words to Hope Perello, owner of SPACE, which will close its doors October 1 after eight years in business. Birthday cake and a silent auction marked the store’s final event last Saturday night.
Many came by to share hugs, tasty desserts and champagne while reminiscing what the studio at 1506 Mission Street has meant to them over the years.
“We created so many beautiful bonds and relationships with artists, writers, children, teens, community members and other non-profits,” Perello wrote in an invitation sent to many in attendance at Saturday’s bash.
In the crowd were friends, customers and board of directors, many believing and standing behind the store’s mission – “to elevate the importance of the arts in our culture, our neighborhood, and our daily lives.”
Perello insists she’s not going away, explaining that SPACE, a non-profit organization, will be maintained in the virtual world. In addition, she will continue to oversee the city’s seasonal Art Crawls, held three evenings per year to highlight and recognize artists in the community.
SPACE, which opened in 2008, will be closing “this chapter and opening a new one,” said Perello, noting that SPACE 2.0, a virtual version of the store will someday be found on computers everywhere.
“We look forward to continuing our advocacy for the arts, and fighting for their rightful place in our world,” she said.