the lights at Longwood Gardens
Right now Craig and I are in the process of negotiating a lease on a space for my studio/ gallery/ art lessons/ handmade retail business!! We just felt that this could be a good time to actually try it. My kids are so excited and want to be a part of it, I have experience in different areas of what I want to offer, and there doesn't seem to be anyone else in our area who is offering something to the community that is focused on indie arts and crafts like we all do here. Plus I am really sorry that I only have two children... so my way of reconciling that is to give some of my time to work with other children, which I always love to do! It is absolutely thrilling to think of all the projects and learning that could take place. The space is located right in the middle of family-filled neighborhoods and I could even ride my bike to work, if I wanted to! I thought the rent would be too much, but it seems that they might be reasonable with us. So... that is it!!! I want to do gallery shows of other artists and of the students' work. And of course, of my own! I also want to carry handmade gifts and things that I love... things that YOU make. So I will be coming up with a plan for that! I am even thinking of caring a few art supplies that aren't available locally. I have so many ideas just pouring out!!!
The only idea I have not come up with yet, is the name! Why is it so difficult?? I am open to any suggestions. I want it to have a simple, welcoming name. I love the name of Carly's space: Nest Studio. It will be a safe place for children to come and express themselves through their art. So many art instructors for children are into really weird stuff and that's just not me! I want it to express the interest in indie art because that is such a strong movement right now. I love to teach the traditional art skills like drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, etc. but I also love to do crafting and have fun with all the different things we've been doing... even kokeshis and felt plushes, crocheting and embroidery, making all kinds of things that add our personality to our lives!
So, whew... there it is! I have lots of work to do! We are hoping to open in May if the contract goes through with the lease like we want it. And then start with Summer Art Camps. I was even thinking of offering badges, kind of like the Scouts... just for fun and maybe even more whimsical. And I would have a big picture window to decorate... ooooh... sooo many fun ideas for that!!! I love window design at the big department stores like Saks!!! I always take photos of them!
Hope you catch a bit of my excitement!!
Thank you so much again for your support!
The window at Saks in NYC 2007