LoveCityLove's Zach Self, right, shows the current LoveCityLove space on Sunday, Nov. 5.
LoveCityLove's Zach Self, right, shows the current LoveCityLove space on Sunday, Nov. 5.
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There will soon be more to LoveCityLove when the nonprofit expands its arts space to the old American Artificial Limb in Capitol Hill.

LoveCityLove takes old buildings slated for future redevelopment and creates temporary art space. The nonprofit moved into its fifth venue at the former Royal Cleaners on East Pike Street in late 2015. With the Artificial Limb space providing ground-floor and basement space, LoveCityLove estimates it will have as much as 5,500 square feet to work with between the two adjoining spaces , said Julian Genette, community outreach director.

“I think they really like what we’re doing,” Genette said of the property owners making the space available, “and it’s going to be really hard to rent out this space.”

When pushing to open in its Royal Cleaners space, LoveCityLove was able to crowdfund $18,000, Genette said, but so far the nonprofit hasn’t pushed for much other than volunteers to transform the new space.

“We’re doing all of this ourselves, right now,” he said, with around 10 people attending weekend work parties over the past several months.

A reception area, walls, shelves and office space in Artificial Limbs has been cleared at 1400 East Pike St.

“There was not a single open space for this building before we got in,” Genette said.

Holes found in the floor will be filled in with 2-inch clear acrylic and lighted.

A standalone space fronting 14th Avenue will be turned into a boutique, said LoveCityLove’s Zach Self, for selling merch.

Wood columns in the basement will be fitted with vertical LED lights, and a portion of the space will be for a work area for curated art. LoveCityLove is working on a mural for Broadcast Coffee and art for the Helix Ellipse building in the University District, Self said.

Genette said LoveCityLove has had years of success creating spaces to showcase music, dance, photography, paintings and other art forms. Part of the goal with the expanded space is to make creative space.  

“Ultimately, where we want to end up is giving people the tools to create that work,” Genette said.

Capitol Hill is a strong arts community that has been losing affordable space for years. Genette said the addition of the old Artificial Limbs space creates a significant footprint for LoveCityLove, which has a two-year lease.

“First of all, I’d love to be as close to free as possible,” Genette said of offering art studio space. “I’m not sure how realistic that is.”

What could happen is a sliding scale model.

People wanting to volunteer to help renovate the new space can contact LoveCityLove at info@lovecity.love or follow the group on Facebook to learn about the next work party.