See The Possible: Third Friday Art Walks

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CLEVELAND -- The building is a former automotive factory and once was the American Greetings headquarters. Now the 78th Street Studios is the largest fine art complex of it's kind in Northeast Ohio and it's drawing artists and crowds to the Gordon Square art district every month.

Although the building takes up the majority of a city block, it still feels like a hidden gem. Inside, 47 creative businesses occupy different creative spaces on three floors.

The building's owner, Dan Bush, is an art collector and began renting out space to artists.

"Just organically had assembled an array of art galleries, art studios," said Bush. "A couple of those galleries looked at me and said, 'it's dull around here we need to have a party.'"

That party quickly turned into Third Fridays, a free art walk that happens every third friday of the month since 2008. The event features live performances, food, drink and many forms of art.

"It's very exciting, very exciting that people love art," said Kristine Stylski, a jewelry maker. "Even if they are just walking through just to enjoy the atmosphere."

ONLINE: 78th Street Studios

"It's a fun mix of architecture and art that folks get to enjoy when they visit us here. It's a 170,000 square feet of stuff," said Dan Bush.

Jordan Henderson of Soap Alchemy drives in from Western Pennsylvania to sell soaps and candles to the growing crowds. April's Third Friday drew in 1,200 guests.

"We get huge crowds now. We get a gourmet food truck outside so you can have a snack, come in, walk around, or buy soap," said Henderson.

Jewelry maker Sandy Buffie moved to Cleveland only a month ago and had her studio's grand opening on a Third Friday.

"This is a huge success for me. I really feel like I have landed in a place that is going to embrace my art work," said Buffie.

"Cleveland is kind of becoming a destination for artists. In case it's a secret and folks out there didn't know," said Dan Bush.

Third Fridays happen every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.




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