South Bend arts hot-spot gets a face lift

One South Bend arts hot-spot has planned a special weekend to mark its updated location downtown.

Fire Arts, a not for profit organization dedicated to art appreciation, unveiled some new renovations this morning.

The artists at Fire Arts showcased a new mural painted by Dave Blodgett and Linda Crimson on the building’s west side, as well as a newly refurbished storefront. They say Fire Arts provides a great place for artists to gather and display their work.

“They really like us being here. We brought people into the area. They wanted this nice art corridor on Colfax. We’ve got galleries east and west of us. They like us being here,” said Jacqueline Carlson, one of Fire Arts’ founding artists.

The updates were made possible thanks to partnerships with the city and David Matthews, the developer of the East Bank Town Homes just west of Fire Arts. Matthews helped the organization by matching a Façade Grant awarded to them by downtown South Bend.

In addition to the exterior improvements, Fire Arts was also able to replace its showroom windows, install new signs, and new lights.

And the celebration continues Sunday, when the organization holds more events including a lecture on what it takes to be an artist.

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