Artists give life to old Meeting Street building

It’s been decades since 1600 Meeting Street has gotten this much attention.

The former 1926 Exxon building, technical school and antique shop is now being leased by Enough Pie, a nonprofit organization that hosted “Awakening,” an art performance event open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Enough Pie’s mission is to “give voice and action to the creative cluster on the Upper Peninsula of Charleston.” This is the third event they’ve hosted to fuse art with community engagement since January, when the organization was launched.

Visitors weaved in and out of the maze of art installations ranging from hanging sculptures to live interpretations. Artist Kim Thomas paid homage to the building’s days as Charleston Exxon headquarters with “Don’t Drink This Water,” a sculpture out of plastic grocery bags.

Executive director Chris Burgess said they plan on starting micro-projects in the area to “engage the community with arts at the center point.”

“Some people overlook the Upper Peninsula, but there are lots of art businesses here. We’re here to be the adhesive,” Burgess said.

Participants were given two days to create their installations in the various rooms throughout the building. Artist Carroll Fitzpatrick’s created a horror-based, interactive installation. She signed up for the event after hearing about it from her employer, Redux Contemporary Art Center.

“The installations really benefit from being in a building with character,” Tom Flaherty said after seeing Fitzpatrick’s work.

Next week the art installations will be taken down so the building can be completely renovated. It will become the headquarters for the Enough Pie.

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