A new artists’ workspace opens up in Carbondale this week. TheDigs is a sister project to the Studio for Arts and Works, or SAW. The name comes from the building’s former use as offices for an excavation company.
Local-artist-turned-landlord Alleghany Meadows owns both SAW and theDigs. While SAW houses artists who work in so-called “dirtier” mediums like sculpture and boasts open studios, Meadows says theDigs is targeted at professional-level artists like photographers and architects and has smaller, more private spaces.
He says since he opened SAW 15 years ago, the need for affordable workspaces for local artists has grown.
"I feel a great need in Carbondale especially, but in the valley as well, to have affordable studio and workspaces," he said.
TheDigs, located by SAW and the Rio Grande trail, is set to open Friday, with a second phase and eight more spaces opening up this summer. The first phase of the project has six private studios; three are already spoken for.