Lately my husband and I have been focusing on decluttering our house and tackling deferred-maintenance issues, in order to get our house ready to list for sale. A big part of the decluttering concerns my artwork and art supplies. There's just not enough room to neatly store it all away. So it had to go. But where?
Last week I stumbled across a small rental space within this building, a former theatre ..... hmm ....
There's been an idea floating around town for quite a while to fill that building with artists & entrepreneurs. The interior is divided into several lease spaces of varying sizes with a long hallway down the middle. Currently 3 businesses (antiques/collectibles/novelty/artsy/gifts) and a non-profit are housed inside. The smallest vacant space rents for $100 a month.
My mind was spinning with ideas .... would it be better to have my work on display than to box everything up and store it away? I don't have the time to open a business right now, but I could put up a periodically changing display, with my contact information available .... maybe have some limited open hours during events and on weekends? I envisioned a name, a logo, had the interior layout all planned out in my head ..... yikes, that sounds an awful lot like a business.
After careful deliberation I decided it was not the right move for me at this time. It's probably a reasonable rate but seems like a lot of money for display space. And more hassle than I need at this point in my life. *sigh* So I packed up all my art stuff and lugged it over to a storage area in a local gallery, in exchange for a donation. Less expensive for me, and a cash boost for them.
But someday ......