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Homespun art from the urban core


Two First Friday Art Walk openings feature the works of Portland artists who could follow the motto: Artists who live together, create compelling art together. Oak Street Lofts, an Avesta Housing affordable housing complex catering to artists which opened at the beginning of this year.

Portland Daily Sun

By Craig Lyons
Sept. 6, 2012

Two First Friday Art Walk openings feature the works of Portland artists who could follow the motto: Artists who live together, create compelling art together.

Oak Street Lofts, an Avesta Housing affordable housing complex catering to artists which opened at the beginning of this year, and Chestnut Street Lofts, a 2007 Developers Collaborative condo development cited as an example of smart growth, both boast an array of artistic talent among their occupants. ...

A more recent infusion of artistic talent came with the January opening of Oak Street Lofts a few blocks up Congress Street.

"When Avesta wanted to build low-income housing on that site on Oak Street, we worked very closely with them and Maine College of Art," recalled Jan Beitzer, executive director of the Portland Downtown District.

"We really wanted them to fit into the Arts District in a meaningful way," Beitzer said. "They took that to heart," she said.

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