The entrance to S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in the Soda Plant
After seven years of operation, the Backspace Gallery, which is part of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, is closing up shop.
As Seven Daysrecently reported, the Soda Plant, which houses both galleries, will absorb the space and repurpose Backspace as a production facility for Conant Metal and Light, located in the same building on Pine Street in Burlington's South End Arts District. The creative lighting and metalwork company's owner, Steve Conant, also owns the Soda Plant. Many of the displaced artists from Backspace will relocate to the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. Backspace officially closes its doors on Monday, June 5.
The galleries' founder and studio manager, Christy Mitchell, has been hosting live events semi-regularly at Backspace since its inception in 2010.
"We're losing a huge room," says Mitchell recently by phone. "[It's] been an asset to us, but also to Burlington in general to have a space that is accessible that's not a bar or club. It's an art gallery, so you can do things that are a little bit different."
To celebrate its tenure, Mitchell throws one final blowout at the Backspace Gallery on Saturday, June 3. Entitled Seven Year Itch, the event features an eclectic mix of live music, performance art and DJ sets.