ArtStorm, the 2008 Best of Houston winner for Best New Gallery, no longer has a gallery.
In what they call the LAST PRESS RELEASE EVER! (FOR A WHILE), the owners announced that they're vacating the buiding at 4828 Caroline St.:
Due to high overhead expenses and a desire to keep things new and exciting, the artist run gallery has decided to cut costs and move to a more "underground" approach to showing and promoting art and music in Houston. While a permanent space to show art has become, at least for the time being, a luxury the board members can't afford, ArtStorm continues to work tireless to keep bringing fresh, new ideas to the community. Unfortunately the exhibitions included in the advanced calendar have been postponed as the group had to opt out of our lease unexpectedly.
The current show, A Jewel Encrusted Pathology, will run until its scheduled close March 14.
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It's not the end of ArtStorm, though.
A "large-scale event" is scheduled for May, and their CD business is still alive.
But it's a blow to the city's arts scene, and more evidence of the tough economic times.
-- Richard Connelly