Assistance has been organized for the more than 70 artists and arts organizations affected by last week's fire at the Guadalupe Arts Center
The West End Galleries (Stephen L. Clark, Wally Workman, F8, Lotus, ArtWorks, and Art on 5th) are accepting donations to help purchase new art supplies for the tenants and, with D. Berman Gallery, have set up an account for monetary gifts. Funds contributed to "GAC Artists Benefit" will be turned over to center owner Kevin Barry, who will see to it that 100% of the donations go to the artists. Mail contributions to: D. Berman Gallery, 1701 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78701.
And as previously reported, Refraction Arts is donating half the box office for its Friday, Feb. 11, performance of Celebrity Crush to GAC tenant Salvage Vanguard Theater. The show is at 8pm at Club de Ville, 900 Red River. For more information, call 927-1118 or visit www.refractionarts.org.
On Friday, Feb. 5, Barry met with tenants at El Mercado on Lavaca to give them a face-to-face update. He reported that while the fire had been so hot as to twist the steel girders under the third floor, crews from Austin High Tech were able to shore up the third floor so that tenants could remove items from there. They also patched the roof and installed a new temporary roof drain to prevent further water damage. Barry also expressed appreciation for the support from individuals, such as former tenant Tina Hudock of Yellow Fin Studio, who contributed a dozen $20 gift cards to the University Co-op to help artists get back some of the supplies they lost.
Anyone seeking additional information should check the center Web site www.guadalupearts.com which is being updated regularly with information about the status of the building and its tenants, including information about where tenants can currently be found. The GAC office is moving temporarily to Gallery at Shoal Creek, 1500 W. 34th and can be reached by phone at 473-3775.