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Sometimes, in the quiet of inactivity, the unexpected comes to light.

During Covid lockdown in July 2020, when I left my studio at Art Works Downtown, I had no thought of another studio. I had a small sewing studio in my home and that would do.

Lockdown was hard. Lots of introspection. An identity crisis. If not an artist, who was I?

With the contents of my studio unloaded into my small home, I was face to face with just how much art and design I had created in my lifetime.  

I began to realize how much I missed being in an artists community. Early in 2021 I started reaching out to artist friends. I felt I was turning a corner, heading in a positive direction. To where, exactly, I didn't know.

One thing I did as a resident of Villa Marin, was take advantage of the opportunity to schedule an exhibit the last two months of 2021 on the walls of a small meeting room. All over my home I had been living with creations not only made over the 24 years at Art Works, but during a lifetime. I had the makings a Lifetime Retrospective and I needed to “own it”.  

Putting the retrospective together was an unexpected opportunity to come face to face with the extent of what I had created, when and why! For years, while working on projects day to day, month to month, each had been my focus. I only saw trees and didn’t know I had created a substantial forest. 

By summer 2021 I knew I needed to find another studio in an art center. But where? MORE

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