Oregon Arts Watch’s Bob Hicks writes about Subashini Ganesan, Studio 2, Zoomtopia and New Expressive Works.

ArtsWatch‘s Bob Hicks has authored a very thoroughly researched and detailed article about the two studios Subashini Ganesan (Studio 2’s Director) runs under the newly christened umbrella name of “New Expressive Works.” Read the excerpt below OR the full article here.

East Side scramble: enter the N.E.W.

PICA’s TBA 2014 workshop by Meryem Jazouli (Casablanca, Morocco) in Zoomtopia’s Studio 2. Photo: Chelsea Petrakis.

PICA’s TBA 2014 workshop by Meryem Jazouli (Casablanca, Morocco) in Zoomtopia’s Studio 2. Photo: Chelsea Petrakis.

JUNE 25, 2015 // CULTURE, NEWS & NOTES //

As a heated real estate market intensifies the hunt for performance spaces, an arts entrepreneur and a real estate investment firm take over the old Zoomtopia.

Real-estate bingo and the scramble for performance and studio spaces continue to do an awkward dance on Portland’s inner East Side, sometimes executing a neat two-step, sometimes stomping on each other’s toes.

Latest entry in the dance: the former Zoomtopia space at Southeast Eighth and Belmont, where a real-estate investment company and an arts entrepreneur appear to be enjoying a mutually beneficial tango: WYSE Real Estate Advisors gets a new headquarters, and dance teacher and producer Subashini Ganesan gets 3,000 square feet of studio and gathering space that’ll also be used by several other arts groups. What’s more, both parties are happy with the arrangement. READ THE FULL ARTICLE.