The Studio. We own a 100 year old building in and small southtern town in the Tidewater area of Virginia. The lower floor is the gallery and printing/dyeing studio. We represent about 15 regional artisans along with showing our own work. We also present a new show collection for non member artist four-five times a year.
I have a love-hate relationship with the gallery right now. We are located in a downtown area that is being redeveloped. Two years ago when we first started looking for a place, their was a lot happening, good energy from the members of city council, several buildings being renovated, many promises of things to come. After an election last year, it has all but stopped the new activity in the downtown, and many buildings remain boarded up and or falling down.
It is so hard to get people to come back to the area. We always try to educate and are open to new ideas. We have not been able to fully finish the second floor loft, but do have enough finished for classes and workshops. The classes started out great, but I since slowed down. This is a part rural, part Blue Collar, part military area, and it is really hard to get people to appreciate and become involved in the Arts.
I really love having a gallery, interior styling and display are some of my favorite things. I enjoy talking and working with all the other artists, it helps to keep my artistic inspiration going. I hope we can hold out for the area to complete its transformation.