For several years, I’ve been aware of “open studios” at various mill buildings in the NH Seacoast area, when artists open their doors and display their work for holiday shoppers and the curious community. Now that I rent studio space at 14 Cedar Street in Amesbury, MA, I get to be part of a huge, lively Open Studio Tour tradition! So, over Veterans’ Day weekend, I had the studio open, the masks on display, and the cookies freshly baked for whatever visitors came my way. It was so busy! I barely stopped talking all day, between introducing, explaining, demonstrating my masks, handing out class flyers, and enjoying the company of friends who came by . . . plus my lone wolf brother, who dropped in unexpectedly and made my day (see him below on the right, chatting with James Grillo about classical piano).
Some of my favorite interactions included the tiny girl who announced that she did NOT need acting lessons because she already acts out all the parts at home, even if no one sees her except her mom. You go, girl!
The smirking guy peering into each corner turned out to be a previous tenant of my very studio, whose art medium of choice went unstated, who said he got “booted” for having a full-size pool table that made too much noise. Pesky pool tables, they get up to no good when your eyes are turned. What could I say, other than, “Sorry for your loss, but I’m thrilled to be here! Have a cookie!”
While I had a good number of folks sign up on my mailing list and express interest in classes, by far the most common reaction to my lack of purchasable goods was a suspicious look, a grab for the cookie platter, and then, upon leaving, the startled comment: “I love your refrigerator! Where did you get it?” $199 at Home Depot, people.
It was a great weekend, and I only wish I’d had more time to visit with my talented neighbors in the building. Thanks to everyone who visited. See you in the Lab!