SIXES Art Studio moves after a fire

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) — In February, SIXES Art Studio in downtown Pocatello caught fire, leaving the Pohlman family without many options for the future.

“Even in the store fire, I didn’t realize the seriousness of what it meant to my family or my business at the time,” co-owner Josh Pohlman said. “Coming from a blue-collar background and this socio-economic upbringing, we’re just going to pick ourselves up by our boots. We’re just going to do it. So, I didn’t even realize maybe at that point that I needed more help than I was emotionally available to ask for.”

But it didn’t take long for Josh and his family to get the financial backing they needed to open their new store at 225 Yellowstone Avenue.

While the building is still settling in, Pohlman says he’s glad the local arts community has a new space where they can stock up.

“We had a really nice outpouring of community support after this fire,” Pohlman said. “We kind of realized the need and the involvement, because sometimes when we’re painting, we don’t realize the impact we’re having.”

SIXES is heavily involved in local art projects across the city, including their latest, Mural Fest, which gives local businesses a new look using just a spray paint can.

“The idea for the murals actually came from seeing a couple in town,” said Sodacade owner RJ Miller. “I thought, man, it would be really cool if we could have them do something inside, because I’ve always loved watching the trains and looking at some of the art that these artists have put there in the community.”

Miller recently opened Sodacade in the Idaho Grocery Outlet in Pocatello. He needed to decorate his shop, so he contacted SIXES for a new look.

“I think the city is totally lucky to have SIXES in the community,” Miller said. “The amount of stuff I know they’ve planned and the amount of stuff they’ve done, I think it’s just wonderful for our communities.”

For Pohlman, he hopes the new location will provide a place for children and adults to express themselves for a positive purpose.

“Maybe we do a sculpture class that turns into a sculpture that we can put up downtown or build some benches for a library or something,” Pohlman said. “It’s just a nice clean place where you can work on what you’re working on with your peer groups.”

There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at 5:15 p.m. at SIXES’ new location at 225 Yellowstone Avenue.

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