The 17th Ave spring show is fast approaching! 15+ studios across 4 buildings will be open to the public to meet the artist, see their work and get a glimpse into their creative world. This is the 17 annual show for the 17 Avenue studios that house artists of various styles and disciplines offering an variety of goods and services. This is a family friendly and free event.
I will be there both days in building 4, studio 55, so if you can come stop by and say “Hi!”
Before and afters
Hang-ten coverup set up for photography need for the Brook Knoll Elementary Auction
Finally have my machines moved in
Studio split with chalkboard
Bookcase from my lovely former studio neighbour waiting to be painted
Sewing area with Lynn’s stencilled table
Future drafting area once I get a table
The directory! There weren’t enough letter to spell my whole name
Building 4, aka The Quonset Hut, aka the Q-Hut
Today I finally moved my sewing machines into the studio. Now it feels like I’m really moved in.
It has taken a lot of work to get this far. When I first called about the space and they said it had no roof I went to see it totally expecting not to take it. Although I was happy to find that it wasn’t open to the elements, it was dark, dirty and neglected. I could tell though with a little work it could be really good and after some deliberation ended up taking it. (My landlord promising to install new lights and make modifications, helped my decision).
The artist in the space before me was a welder and primarily used the space for storage since he did all his welding outside for fire safety reasons, hence the neglect. In fact he never even put his name on the door, merely covering over the previous tenants name with painters tape. He did kindly leave some nice flower pots and such behind making our little courtyard even nicer. The artist before him used the space as a gallery and installed the wall, originally a T shape. One of her painting tags is still taped to the closets wall, I think I’ll likely keep it there.
After moving in I painted all but the back and exterior wall (due to water damage), cleaned (they changed colour when I did) and painted the floor. I built the clothing rack out of plumbing parts from Ace using this tutorial. I added chalkboard paint to the edge of the divider wall for note taking and added the head on the door. My lovely neighbour Lynn moved out in February and left me a bookcase and a hand stencilled table. Slowly the space has come together though there are always projects to do.
I currently share our half of the Q-hut with Ed Smiley, Laura Cook, and Mott Jordan, all good company.
Exciting things to come! This year I moved into my our studio space at the 17 Avenue Studios in Santa Cruz. Building 4, the Q-hut, will be having pop-up open studio shops monthly so many new projects are on their way!