Brynn Gonzalez and Jennifer MacIsaac, The Basement Community Art Studio, 105 W. Jackson, Knoxville, June 2015
The Basement Community Art Studio has announced it is ending a nearly four-year run at 105 West Jackson Avenue. When it opened in May 2015, it offered a very different option for creatives of all ages, with supplies provided for open studio time and classes provided for those who wanted to expand their artistic horizons. It’s a loss on a personal level because hanging out during open studio time was probably Urban Girl’s favorite thing to do downtown.
In Facebook, Instagram and email list announcements, co-owner and operator Jennifer MacIssac expressed her appreciation for everyone who has supported the studio and “allowing us to be a part of your creative journey.” The statement went on, “We will be closing our doors for the final time on February 21st.”
Building owner Brynn Crowell can still be found upstairs at Lox Salon, of course, and will continue to host First Friday events and otherwise support the creative community. I spoke with her and she indicated the space below Lox will soon be a yoga studio and I hope to have more information on that, soon.
Meanwhile, Jennifer MacIsaac, who was the face of the business, will continue fostering creativity in another setting. She has taken the position of Makespace Coordinator at MUSE Knoxville. You’ll find her hosting a “Mess Maker Monday sensory based art experience,” weekly. “Jennifer plans to continue offering pop up art classes, and workshops both through the MUSE and on her own.
She is also co-hosting Creating Mindfulness women’s circles and retreats where women are invited to explore a practice in mindfulness through creative expression.” Be sure to check out her websites Art-Breaks, Creating Mindfulness and her Art-Breaks Instagram. She’ll announce upcoming events and classes via Instagram.