When it rains, water literally pours into Ice Gallery. That's a reality the four artists who run the gallery have dealt with since re-opening the longtime North Park art spot last year. The building is old—some might say it's practically falling apart—and the roof leaks.
Despite the structural issues, the building still had four white walls where the artists could experiment and show their work. They tried to fix the problems themselves and put a significant amount of work and time into revamping the building. It started looking good. The facade actually started looking pretty great.---
A few months back, Michael James Armstrong, one of the artists who runs the gallery, put up an excellent installation titled "A Study in Transparency." The show's run was cut short when heavy rains came and flooded the gallery, completely ruining the piece.
That was it. They'd had enough and the artists decided they could no longer risk spending time and money on installs that would be rained out in the end.
Here's part of an email Armstrong sent out this morning:
Well, we've potentially come to the end of the line with ICE Gallery unless we can raise enough funds to keep it alive. It's been a tremendous opportunity and a great learning experience to be a part of ICE, but the headaches of the space are becoming quite overwhelming for us.
Lucky for the Ice Gallery boys, they have friends and fans and the motivation to make one last-ditch effort to keep the gallery alive. They've been invited to participate in the relatively exclusive, artist-only crowd-funding site, unitedstatesartists.org, and they've launched a campaign to raise money to help keep the doors to Ice open.
"Don't worry if you're unable to give to the cause, it won't be the end of the world if we don't succeed," Armstrong wrote in his email. "We've already had the opportunity to put on six great exhibitions, and of course we'll keep trying to do more with or without ICE."