Thursday night Outer Space hosted their first art show at their Upper Meeting Street space. The fledgling art and music venue/community space has bounced around town the last few months, but seems to be settling into its new home with a handful of ambitious, funky events on the calendar. We found the place thanks to a twinkling planet atop the building, right by the I-26 on-ramp, although the front door wasn’t so easy to find. Out of the three doors in sight, the one that appeared to be the main door was locked and all lights seemed to be off in the building when we arrived at 8 p.m. Thankfully, someone else showed up just as we were about to leave, and entered after a knock on the door. It seemed a strange way to welcome guests to “a safe and public community space.” Upon entering the building, we encountered a similarly exclusive vibe — the small crowd stood in clusters, and it was unclear who was hosting the event. The art itself included collages by local artists familiar and new — Jill Hunter, Maxx Yearic, Sean Bernard, and Phillip Hyman were just a few on display. Don’t get us wrong — we love what Outer Space wants to do and we think it’s a great step forward for the arts community, but the volunteer-run organization needs to make sure they’re being professional and welcoming to the general public — not just artists and their friends.
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