Blast from the past – 238th Edition

The intersection of Charleston and Main is the obvious core of Las Vegas’ arts district. On the northeast corner, the Arts Factory houses several studios and serves as the epicenter of First Friday. East on Charleston Boulevard, Gaia Flowers and art-patron anchor Brett Wesley Gallery stand out with inviting window displays and distinct architecture. South on Main Street, independent galleries and high-design furniture stores catch the eye of passersby. But head north on Main and you’ll find a different scene: a nondescript, partially abandoned row of buildings. Empty storefronts and auto-body shops sparsely dot the way to downtown casinos. It’s more run-down industrial row than a blossoming arm of the arts district. But it wasn’t always that way.

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