Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Fringe Purchases CONNERSMITH Space on Florida Avenue
CONNERSMITH show in 2012
The Washington Post broke a huge bit of news last night. CONNERSMITH Gallery at 1358 Florida Avenue is being sold to Capital Fringe. CONNERSMITH ushered in a vibrant new arts scene in Trinidad when the gallery re-located here in 2007. Prior to their move, the space had been an auto body shop. But Trinidad's Gallery Row was not to be immortal, part of that block later sold to a developer planning a mixed us residential/retail project. This sale to Capital Fringe does four really important things: allow CONNERSMITH to continue to pursue projects in various locations (some out of town); give Capital Fringe a much needed homebase; ensure the space is permanently (as permanent as anything can be these days) preserved for an arts use; enliven the performing arts scene in the larger Trinidad/H Street area (weakened by the loss of H Street Playhouse).
I am a big fan of the Capital Fringe Festival, and I'm thrilled to have it based right here in Trinidad. Current Fringe Festival Fans probably already know that the upcoming Capital Fringe Festival has a bunch of shows at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street) this time around.