Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Growing Pleasure

TraillWorks is moving . . .

To 135 Spring Street, Newton; currently the home of Eaton's Estate Sales.

I've found a space in record time and will be relocating to my own studio space with a gallery and lesson area some time in March. It was a goal of mine to find a space in 2008, especially after having been spoiled at Peters Valley. I had no idea it would happen so fast.

We considered various options such as buying / renovating a building, renting a storefront, renting some other kind of structure. My urge to move was egged on by reading a book called The Art World Dream: Alternative Strategies for Working Artists by Eric Rudd. His book really got my blood pumping. He talks a lot about the importance of having a legitimate studio space and about how space is limiting; even for a small works artist. It is his belief that artists buy old barns and vacant mills, renovate them into live/work spaces, and rent out extra space to make back income.

While this may be a dream of mine to have a studio in an old mill or lofty barn, buying something wasn't in our current realm of possibilities. So instead I went the less risky route for the time-being of renting a larger space where I will have a "main street" presence and a place people can go without feeling awkward about invading my personal space in my home.

I will keep you "posted", pun intended, on developments of moving in. There's a lot more involved in opening a commercial space than I had realized. I finally hired an attorney.

More this week . . .



Buzz Arts Guide said...

Congratulations Jennie, enjoy your space!

Ginnie said...

Jennie this is so exciting! I am so happy for you! Congratulations and good luck and much success with this new venture!

Ginnie Ramberger
Development Director
Hilltop Country Day School

Jennie Traill Schaeffer said...

Thank you both!

Pearl Mattenson said...

Congratulations. Blessings and Productivity in the new place--and with all the "to-do's" don't forget to celebrate.
All the best,

William said...

Great! Now you'll be committed to produce great work that sells! I've always had a desire to get a work space outside the house so I can focus. focus, focus. Good luck and will have to stop by.

Anonymous said...

I believe in you! So glad I gave you that book! V