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Artists are setting up shop in the West End

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A growing community of artists are taking their work to the West End. They have migrated to affordable warehouses and are setting up shop in the Portland neighborhood.

"East Main and East Market has become so expensive for artists so I think that's why a lot of them are moving to this area," said sculptor Brian Holden.

"There's always been kind of a stigma about coming west but that doesn't effect me at all, I don't feel that at all I really like this side of town," said artist Tim Faulkner.

Faulkner bought a 26,000 square foot space and moved his gallery and studios across town two months ago.

Faulkner said, "We moved initially because we wanted to expand and Nulu as great as it is just wasn't the appropriate area for us to be in, there wasn't enough square footage for us to do what we wanted."

Artists are hopeful this working class neighborhood becomes a destination, but sculptor Bryan Holden sets a different scene.

"It's very quiet here on Saturdays and Sundays it's like a ghost town, especially in the morning and the evening," said Holden.

He moved to West Main Street in 1996 and has watched the area change in recent years.

"At the time I didn't think anything about it but now it seems more and more people are moving into the area more artistic people, more creative people so it's great to have them as neighbors," said Holden.

This is the first step in transforming the neighborhood, and artists are painting the way.

"This is still very open and raw so this is an opportunity for people to use their imaginations and figure out what they want to do," said Faulkner.

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