Local artists convert warehouse to new gallery

'CoRK' revitalizing Riverside community

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - An old warehouse in Riverside is now a new home for the Jacksonville art community.

CoRK, named for it's location at the corner of Roselle and King streets, is a new place for dozens of local artists, potters and filmmakers to showcase their work.

Thursday night the district will be hosting a benefit featuring ten local bands and local artists. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $10 a person. All the money raised goes to promoting local artists.

Local artist Jim Smith says CoRK, only open since March, has become Jacksonville's new mecca for the visual arts.

"It has turned the neighborhood around what once was the artist area on five points, and its just getting bigger and bigger," said Smith.

George Deacon of F.L.A. Productions believes CoRK is important to the growth of the art community.

"A lot of these local artists don't have the resources to do something like this. That's something we want to do then they can put that in their portfolio and keep this thing pushing," said Deacon.

For more information on the benefit visit facebook.com/corkartsdistrict.

You can also follow CoRk on Twitter.

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