New Mindzai Creative studio serves as gallery and creative hub in Castleberry Hill
The new printing, graphic design, branding and apparel agency space will also host art shows, workshops, retail and more.
After running her shop from the now-defunct ThunderBox Rehearsal Studios, Caviness has been on the hunt for a new space for a while, even setting up shop temporarily with the ladies behind Indie Craft Experience. But rent prices kept rising, and condos continued to take over once-affordable spots. “It was becoming increasingly difficult for any small business to lease affordably in the city,” she explains. Luckily, Caviness eventually landed on an approximately 1,500-square-foot studio in Castleberry Hill that she’s sharing with fellow female business owner Leela Robinson of local stationery and accessories brand Native Bear.
The new Mindzai Creative will also encompass a retail area and gallery, with an extra 1,000 square feet of space to be added by early 2017. They’ll also offer workshops across a variety of fields, “from arts and crafts to branding and marketing, and everything in between,” says Caviness. “My goal is to create a space that encourages community, for people to learn new things, and to empower those who need it.”
Mindzai Creative will host a grand opening and inaugural art show on Dec. 9, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., which will also serve as a focal point in the monthly Castleberry Hill Art Stroll. Caviness says she’s also working with curator Lynne Tanzer (formerly of Hodgepodge Coffeehouse & Gallery) on a not-yet-titled group show features the works of local women artists. “Spaces like this are vital everywhere — at the end of this polarizing election, I want people to know that we stand with them,” Caviness adds. “If you want to create something, we’re here. If you want to learn a new trade, we’re here. If you want someone to talk to, we’re here. Mindzai is inclusive of everyone.” Mindzai Creative, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 252 Walker St. SW, mindzai.net