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Green Chutes, a new artist co-op and gallery opening in the Collister Shopping Center, will act like nutrient-rich soil for budding artists. The 12,000-square-foot space will double as a storefront and workspace with monthly memberships.

"We want to represent all forms of media through there, from students clear out to professionals," said Nancy Zurcher, Green Chutes operator.

According to Zurcher, who owns Once Upon a Time, interest is already germinating in the artistic community, though the co-op won't open until Monday, Nov. 1.

"There's quite a few people ... from weavers to soap makers to watercolorers, painters, potters, so we're really getting a wide variety of people," said Zurcher.

Artists pay a $60 monthly fee to display work at Green Chutes and are required to carry $2,000 in merchandise.

"We'll have lots of couches and tables," said Zurcher. "We want to encourage people to hang out and be inspired."

Another perk to joining the Green Chutes Co-op: Salt Tears, a new cafe/bar venture from former-MilkyWay owner Andrea Maricich, is also slated to open in the space.

*CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, “Green Chutes” was misspelled as “Green Shoots.”

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