At the beginning of August, I went to visit a gallery and working studio called 100 Braid Street Studios. When I arrived, I was greeted by the founder and owner, Susan Greig. Susan gave me a guided tour of the gorgeous gallery, and the beautiful studios of the artists. Afterwards, we sat and chatted about and I mentioned to Susan I was trying to find exhibitions in the area where I could share my artwork. Susan kindly answered my questions, and mentioned that there was a studio currently available at Braid Street. I didn't take much notice as I wasn't looking for a studio.
After I left the studio, all I could think about was what a fabulous space and community Susan and her team have created in this site that was previously a winery. Susan's description to me of her vision for the space, and the ways she fosters connections to community resonated with me and I knew I had to find a way to be a part of this talented and diverse group of artists. Overnight I put together my artist resume, a letter of intent, filled in application forms, and emailed them off to Susan, knowing full well that there was a lengthy waiting list for studio space, as there has been since the opening of the studios.
A few days later, I became the newest resident artist at the studios, and participated in my first cultural crawl. I've been amazed at how my art practice has changed in the 6 weeks I've been working from my new studio. I'm so delighted that this treasure showed up on my path, and I'm excited to see where things will go from here.
Photo: Musings #1 6"x6", textile painting on stretched canvas.