Best Place to Buy Art and Hydroponics Lights - 2010
The first clue that there are two distinct aesthetic experiences going on at 661 Divisadero is the signage. Plant'It Earth, a one-stop shop for all gardening, soil, and hydroponics needs, announces itself in big splashy letters painted on the side of the building; hanging back from the street is an understated notice for Lake Gallery. This relatively new space (opened in December 2008) is the brainchild of former Adobe Backroom Gallery cocurator Dan Johnson Lake, a Plant'It Earth employee. Located only a few feet from the grow lamps and giant leafy plants of the main sales floor, the one-room gallery has become a mainstay of the popular Divisadero Art Walk, and hosted some of the best drawing and painting shows of the past year. One upcoming highlight is work by Joe Roberts, who makes fantastically strange and trippy drawings — a nice reminder to stock up on some grow lights.