Elsewhere Artist Collaborative (City Daily Photo Theme Day: Yellow!!!)
Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, located at 606 and 608 South Elm St. (Greensboro, NC, USA), is the site of today's GDP post, celebrating the City Daily Photo April 2009 theme-- YELLOW. Does this photo yell YELLOW, or what? If you are interested, here is the history behind Elsewhere.
Joe and Sylvia Gray owned the South Elm Street building and maintained a thrift store inside. The inventory was the result of nearly 60 years of collecting. After Joe died and Sylvia got up in years, she had a sign posted on the door of her thrift shop saying something along the lines of, "call before you come. I may open up at 12:00 noon, and then again, I may not." We always got a chuckle out of her cavalier attitude towards committing to a fixed schedule. By the time of her death in 1997, Sylvia's store was stacked floor to ceiling with over 1,000,000 second-hand treasures. Thrift shoppers looked longingly through the windows at the items they only dreamed of purchasing. Developers looked at the building wondering how they could get her to clear it out. Along came George Scheer.
In 2003, Sylvia's grandson, George Scheer, opened a "museum" and artist collaborative in the location. Since the opening of Elsewhere, none of the million pieces has been for sale. NOTHING is for sale. The items serve as artifacts of a life of collecting and a place for artists to creatively assemble the items into visual feasts. Elsewhere is referred to as a "playhouse for artists." It has quickly developed a following and is gaining international attention, receiving grants, and evolving into a legitimate artists' venue worthy of grants and special events. The above picture was taken in one of the far back corners of the space. Who(m) do you think the mannequins resemble? Are you starting to appreciate the spirit of the collaborative?