Alright brace yourself! This is a long blog post for me but I want to catch you all up to where we are in this exciting adventure of running a little working studio and gallery and how we got here! Here we go…
Woo wee the last two and a half months of my life have been the busiest, craziest, most exciting, most nervous, and fulfilling of my life! No seriously! It felt like mashing all the emotions and planning of my Master of Fine Arts Degree, wedding and 10 Christmas’ into just two and a half months! I guess that’s what happens when you stop making excuses and just leap for your dream and open a gallery!
So how did this all happen? At once! Not really but it felt like it. My husband and I had tossed the idea of opening an art shop a little when we first moved back to Edmonds WA after finishing our degrees. There were a few empty storefronts that caught our eye but after a little bit we thought it wasn’t the right time. So I did a few street fairs and a lot of art making over the summer. I was having a good time. Selling a little but nowhere near where I wanted to be. Then I applied to a few bigger craft fairs for the winter season. I GOT REJECTED BY ALL THREE! Ouch. I was pretty crushed. Everyone always told me how great my work was and they could totally see me at these shows but it didn’t happen!
So to say the least I was frustrated. I had a good long talk on a stroll with my Grandpa about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go with my art making. Then he said “Why don’t you just open a working studio?” I started mulling it over. Talked to Nathan about it. It was finally the right time!!! We hoped!
Nathan left for a work trip early Wednesday morning and by Friday afternoon I had scoped out three different available spaces in downtown Edmonds, picked one and signed the lease. Monday morning demo began! Redoing the whole space to fit my needs took a whole month!!! During that time I was frantically making more artwork along with picking out lighting, paint, furniture and lots of other little things. The next month was filled with moving art in, moving them around, moving them again, moving in my working studio, and putting all the finishing touches in. Lucky for me my husband’s internship finished up a few weeks into the whole process so I had some extra help. However we were still putting in the finishing touches right up to the minute we opened!
It’s easy to make a list of all the things that need to get done to open a shop but you don’t really realize that each of those things has its own to do list with hundreds of little steps along the way! I had page long daily To-Do lists but we got it all done!
Now we have been open for two weeks and we are still catching up on lots of little business things but I can already see how this little gallery of mine is taking me in the right direction of where I want to go!
Alright, enough chit chat for today! I’ll share more soon and make it a regular thing so these blog posts don’t need to be so lengthy! Thank you for all your patience as we continue to update and work on the Blog, Facebook, Etsy shop ect. We put in long days and weeks to get it all up to speed for you wonderful supporters!