If you’re like us, you shake your head every time you pass the dusty old Junk ‘n’ Jive space in West Ashley’s Avondale district. Sitting closed and unused for years, it really is a waste of space in an increasingly vibrant neighborhood.

But that won’t be the case for long. A group of local creatives are working to transform the space into a big art center called the 827. Juan Oden wood of Isis Research, Rebekah Kiser of Blue Ness Studios (and formerly the Gadsden), and Ian Morris of Homemade Genius are joining forces for the project, which will also include a small gift shop a few doors down in the old Lava Salon space.

The main gallery, at 5,000 square feet, features space for plenty of art, and they have plans to host new shows every month. Also look for a coffee shop with seating for about 100 people and free wi-fi. All in all, they’re hoping to make it a favorite hangout for Avondalers and local artsy folk alike. Look for an opening this spring.

See the827.com for more details.

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