art box

A long-vacant former paint store in Forest Lawn has been re-purposed as a facility for local artists. (CBC)

A pop-up art space has its grand opening party on Thursday night on International Avenue in Forest Lawn.

Art Box on 17E will offer short-term, affordable artist studios and performance space for artists until at least Jan. 31, 2015.

The facility at 1807 42nd Street S.E., formerly Mills Paint, was set up by the International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone and Calgary Arts Development Authority.

“The arts pop-up is a temporary fixture that we believe will put life into the site and help to drive the revitalization process by bringing the arts community to International Avenue,” the BRZ said in a written release.

“It’s a win-win situation, as the space will also bring arts and culture to the street, providing studios along with a space for established and emerging artists to display their artwork.”