Home is where the art is
I pull my car into the parking lot off East Main Street, take the freight elevator to the fourth floor of this old factory building and walk down a hallway filled with doors opening into creative spaces and feel like I could be somewhere in New York City. I open the door to Studio 452 and immediately feel like I am home.
Within this space I am surrounded by not only my own artwork but also the artwork of my fellow artists in the Main Street Artists’ Gallery & Studio. There are thirteen of us now. Some of us have permanent space within the studio while others come in as their schedules allow and set up, work and then put their things away before leaving. Everyone has space to display his or her artwork on our walls.
We are now five years young, having been formed in January 2010. To kick off this landmark year, we gave the spaces a new look. The formerly white walls are now painted with a neutral grey green – a color that provides a perfect backdrop for the art. We freshened up furniture and rid ourselves of tired-looking items. We breathed new life into the spaces!
With the major renovations complete, I can now return to creating artwork. I recently completed the second in a wildlife series in pastel, a giraffe portrait titled I Have My Eye on You. The first was a lion titled The Chief. I will soon be painting a hippo.
In addition, I am working on the ninth painting in my “Jazz Hands” series of oils. The instrument featured in this work in progress is a cello. It is quite a beautiful instrument. Hands are the main focus of this series and they prove to be very challenging but also exciting.
I hope you are able to stop by the studio on a First Friday or on a Second Saturday to see these works and the art of my fellow Main Street Artists. You can also visit the studio at other times by appointment by calling 585-233-5645.
Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, founder, Main Street Artists
All photographs by Brian O'Neill.