Creating space for art to take place
(Updated May, 2011): Starting in the fall of 2009, my husband and I and long time friend began a renovation project in which was transformed 2000sf of studio and gallery space combined, in a 100 year old dairy creamery on the Sonoma County coast of California.
We are currently commuting to and from the Creamery where I (assisted by my husband, Burt Quinn) am developing functional ceramics and (soon) sculptural vessels. As I also work in printmaking and mixed media, I am learning silkscreen for integrating transfer processes into my ceramics, as well as for printing on fabric, and for limited edition fine art prints.
The Valley Ford Creamery, once servicing a thriving dairy industry in Sonoma County, California, is situated in coastal land that is absolutely breathtaking, and is just seven miles from the Pacific coast. The owner of the property has a Vision, complete with engineered plans, for developed artist spaces. To find out more about this Vision Plan for Artist Studios, see http://valleyfordcreamery.com.
As my husband/partner and I transition from being suburban parents/house holders to being working artists full time, the space has been partially renovated: now with print studio (400sf), woodshop (440sf), ceramics studio (600sf), and finally, set to open August 20th, 2011, a 600sf contemporary gallery space (website in construction phase, as of May). The gallery will have its own website soon.
I am now set to have my first open studio event, June 4th-5th, & 11th & 12th, ART for the Source for my “art for the home” one of a kind and lines of ceramic dinnerware. See http://www.artatthesource.org
My assistant (aka ‘husband’) is a woodworker. You will see his marquetry talents along the way. Our partner, Tom, a cabinet maker by trade, builds furniture. He installed the electrical while Burt, builder/remodeler extraordinaire, is erecting walls, installing insulation, doors, ceilings, and plumbing.
I wanted to introduce you to our venture, so you could see something germinate from scratch, more or less, and hopefully your interest might develop over time, helping to hold me accountable to the vision of a successful art business in precarious times. Why not.
I will be posting pictures as things move along, so, stay tuned. I also hope to encourage and build a conversation having to do with art making, creativity, process, and whatever else. I want to see what grows from this organically.