The Ice House

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Owned by Don Sala, the whole block at 1004 West Paige Street, ( right, off of Polk a block south of 12th Street, near downtown Oak Cliff ) used to be an ice factory. Now it's transforming into an Hispanic cultural center, with lots of space to grow into. The red building with the stair-stepped roofline in front houses the gallery, a coming theater and folkloric dance workshop areas. The two large white buildings ( below right ) on the south side -- behind the red building -- are rented out to a flea market. 

The Ice House Cultural Center is on a Five Year Plan. Within two years, the individual spaces will be turned over to various incubator groups. After then, it becomes nonprofit, and they fund it themselves.

  

The gallery inside is a pale reflection of the art going on all around The Ice House. This smallish painting ( about four feet high ) is on one of the odd concrete slabs projecting from the side of the gallery building.

  

And this lurid image is a small ( probably thirty feet high ) detail ( accounting for perhaps 20% ) of the giant, wrap-around mural on the inner north wall of the building behind the red buildings. The mural is the collaborative work of a multitude of artists and relates historical Hispanic themes.

They have discovered that, if the images depict Hispanic themes, the neighborhood kids won't tag the building, which has been a problem, and there were markers in evidence under the red paint.

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All around the building, the fences that separate the Ice House from its neighborhood of homes are lined with art -- including these marvelous vignettes, which are among the best. There are many other colorful displays.

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