Sometimes good intentions don't work out, but end up turning into great opportunities.
Just over a year ago I put my name on the waiting list at VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association) in St. Albert, with the hope I would get a call to rent a studio. I felt pretty excited when I got the call and took a chance at sharing a small studio for 6 months with another artist, although, I really wanted a studio I could rent for a full year.
Two weeks later the opportunity presented itself. I moved into a larger studio with a great studio partner and set up shop to really get to work. I figured I would split my time between the VASA studio and my home studio....I had every good intention to work at VASA, but for me, working in my own home studio is much more productive. At VASA there is always lots going on and I found myself visiting more than working; I was having a great time, but things weren't happening on the easel.
I didn't really want to give up my studio space, but felt I needed a show studio rather than a working one. This particular studio didn't warrant itself to that, because it was too tucked away and wasn't getting a lot of traffic. Another studio on the other side of my wall opened up and I contemplated moving. It was more out in the open, more visible to the public, but I wasn't sure and I didn't bother to put my name in for it. A new artist rented it, but shortly after she moved in she found out she was moving out of the province and gave notice to move out. This was when I decided it was the right time, this was my opportunity and I put my name in for that studio. I knew this studio would work out as a show studio and somewhere I could hang and promote my new series "St. Albert". I might still tweak it a bit, but so far I like it.
I'm at VASA Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, if you feel like dropping by for a visit to check out my new space. Among other things, I will be featuring my series "St. Albert" at this studio. I have originals, reproductions, prints and cards for sale. You don't have to come just on Wednesday afternoon, VASA is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.