If you’ve read our About page then you know that long before ICE was an exhibition space it was and still is a low cost art studio space. For as long as we’ve been renting the space, and for other tenants before us, the roof has leaked. In addition to the roof being in bad shape, the rest of the building in general has been no prize to look at or reside in. Despite these flaws the leaky roof has been somewhat manageable…until this year. When the first rains came this year we saw just how bad the roof had become. It no longer leaks, it pours – and It’s become way too much for us to maintain.
In a last ditch effort to save our space, before we reluctantly abandon what has become a source of great enjoyment and pride for us, we decided to set up a fund raising project on the site unitedstatesartists.org. It’s similar to Kickstarter, but the difference is that in addition to being somewhat exclusive in that you have to be screened or invited by a USA.org fellow, USA.org is specifically for artists. We were lucky enough to be invited to join the site by none other than Doug Wheeler, one of our favorite west coast artists.
Should we attain our fund raising goal, our project will entail professionally fixing the roof as well as totally gutting the inside of the building. We wish to turn ICE into one big open exhibition space by knocking down all interior walls and getting rid of what is currently three art studios in the rear of the building. This will double the amount of space we have to use for exhibitions to roughly 1200 sq. ft.!
We realize our fund raising goal is highly ambitious, but this is our last chance to keep ICE alive. If we’re unable to fix our roof, we’ll have no further option but to vacate what has been a low cost haven for local San Diego artists for years. If you would like to contribute to our survival please visit OUR PROJECT PAGE. Your efforts will not go unrewarded. We have different incentives for the various donation levels – everything from wood block prints by Lee to actual pages from Michael’s sketch book.
Thank you to all who have supported us,
Michael James Armstrong, Thomas DeMello, Lee Lavy, Joseph Huppert