Bridge Storage and ArtSpace may perhaps be the East Bay’s most evolving business.
Launched in 1993 as a storage and rental business at 23 Main Ave., owner Jeff Wright and his father Jim turned a few units into studios for local artists in 2010. The new art hub was reinvented again in 2016, after the city closed it down for code violations following heightened concern from the devastating Ghost Ship fire in Oakland in 2016.
Now, Bridge Storage and Artspace is back better than ever, hosting regular art exhibitions, incorporating a film studio, woodshop and metal shop, has welcomed R&R Coffee onto its property to serve guests and, on Sept. 21, is inviting the community to the launch of a new co-working space.
The launch party will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will introduce visitors to all that Bridge Storage and ArtSpace has to offer, including its newly completed co-working compound.
“At the launch event, attendees will be able to tour the new amenities, enjoy the gallery exhibition curated by Steve Hurst, meet local arts and culture non-profits onsite at our Richmond Community Expo, enjoy food and drink served by R&R Coffee in our kiosk, view the work of local filmmakers at the mini film festival in the film studio, and get wowed by the live Taiko drumming ensemble,” representatives said. “Please join us to raise a glass to our new venture at our formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.”
The new art space is gaining quite a reputation among the local artist community, and work to expand offerings is still happening. Music rehearsal spaces and a yoga/dance studio are in the works, plus a catering kitchen and café, officials said.
Michele Seville, the city of Richmond’s arts and culture manager, said Bridge Storage and ArtSpace is there to improve the neighborhood and to “make space available to artists at an affordable price.”