Unexpected Treasure

 Musings #1 6"x6" - cotton, dye, thread

Musings #1 6"x6" - cotton, dye, thread

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.