When Lynn Susholtz first bought the big building at University and Herman avenues in North Park, she knew exactly what she wanted the former grocery store to become – a place for the community and culture to come together.
It’s taken 15 years, but Susholtz can finally look around Art Produce and feel like she’s just about done it.
“It’s coming into a place I had always imagined,” she said.
Art Produce includes a large outdoor garden and patio, a community classroom that hosts art classes for kids and families every Saturday afternoon, performance and workshop spaces, a public gallery a tostada restaurant and an outdoor beer bar.
On Saturday, Susholtz will celebrate the last 15 years in the space with a group show featuring over two dozen artists who’ve exhibited at Art Produce gallery.
As a public artist, Susholtz said she knows how much art and artists can impact a community. But she also knows there’s a huge swath of the population that doesn’t necessarily seek out cultural experiences. That’s why she wanted to make Art Produce an approachable neighborhood center where artists and community members of all ages would encounter one another.