DIM Art House closing its studio and gallery space

DIM Art House is closing its studio and gallery for the time being, but not ceasing operations.

“Our landlord sold the building; we always knew it was a possibility but never thought it would happen,” said Christy Freeman Stark, who founded DIM in 2019 along with Joe Wallace and Jeff Williams. “The reality hit us hard a couple weeks ago. We’re basically unhoused at this point, but we’re not really looking for a brick-and-mortar right now.”

DIM was originally located in a house on MacArthur Boulevard that had been converted to studio space and then relocated to 319 Chatham Road in March 2022.

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The building at 319 Chatham Road has been sold, leading DIM Art House to close its studio and gallery space for now.
The artists have had to pivot before. “Right when we opened, COVID hit, and that changed the trajectory of why we were partnering up in the first place,” Stark said. “For now, we’re going to take some time to regroup and come together in a couple of months.

“When we moved into this bigger place the overhead got the best of us, and we ended up working more to keep the doors open,” she said. “We want to take some time and do our own art for a little bit.”

As of March 1, DIM will not have its own physical location, but Stark said they are already in discussions with several local business owners who are interested in hosting pop-up and themed shows. She also said DIM will continue to take part in community events, such as an annual spring partnership with the Animal Protective League where the artists paint portraits of the shelter animals and donate proceeds from the sales back to the APL.

A final show, “Echos/Life Gallery” is planned for Saturday, Feb. 17, from 5-8 p.m. In addition, Stark said DIM will be clearing out its inventory of equipment, tools, supplies and artwork with a one-day sale.

Overall, Stark said she remains optimistic about the future of DIM.

“We will probably find a brick-and-mortar in the future, but not in the next couple months. DIM has a vibe and a following, and we don’t want to lose that.”

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