An open house for the space, located next to Louis Vuitton on the first floor of the mall, is slated for Saturday, Feb. 12 from 2-3pm. Zero Empty Spaces Co-Founders Evan Snow & Andrew Martineau—part of a team of arts advocates and entrepreneurs with expertise spanning advertising/marketing, real estate and retail—plan to be on hand to preview the space and discuss the opportunity for artists. Those interested in the studios can apply.
Zero Empty Spaces plans to open the following weekend.
The spaces at this location will go for $4.50 sq. ft., including water and electricity, on a month-to-month basis (average space is 120 sq. ft., so $575 per month with tax). Up to 12 studios will fit into the former Burberry store space.
Martineau says his team “formed a great relationship with the team from [Natick Mall property manager] Brookfield that has been an advocate for artists and Zero Empty Spaces for a couple years now. They presented the Natick Mall opportunity to us and after visiting Natick Mall and the neighboring communities we were encouraged by the number of artists we met and the incredible energy and enthusiasm they bring to their practice. Plus, we will be able to give the artists the opportunity to have a working artist studio next to Louis Vuitton!”
Current Florida locations include Doral, Miami, Sarasota, Lake Worth, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach Gardens, Hallandale Beach, & Boca Raton.
Artists at those locations range from painters to sculptors to illustrators.
Such a space for artists at Natick Mall would expand the profile of artists further across Natick, which already has a bustling arts scene downtown in and around Art Alley, at TCAN, and perhaps soon, at the pop-up center in the works at 1 South Main St.
Zero Empty Spaces has a lease for six months at the Mall, for starters. If the Mall gets a higher paying tenant, the artist studios could have to move, but Martineau says nearly all the time that property managers wind up offering another space at the location to keep things going.
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