Saturday, January 26, 2013

LLB January/February update.

Well, we are finally finished moving in!

The expansion was a success and our new gallery (Atelier ONE) is scheduled to open on 
February 8th from 5 - 7:30 p.m.. 
I hope you will be able to join us! 

My plans to convert the beautiful lightfilled extra space adjacent to our showroom into a working studio/gallery for local artist Stephen Endres changed on New Year's via mutual agreement (great time for new beginnings!), and we both found wonderful new options, mine being the conversion of the space into a gallery for those artists who have been asking me since I opened to show their work. Steve has moved into Firefish Gallery on the Downtown Mall and I wish him the best of luck and success! His work is wonderful, I have worked with him for over 15 years and he left me with a gorgeous set of sketches: I highly recommend him for custom portraits!

Our first artist is Rachel Bush, a talented botanical illustrator who lives in Esmont. She will exhibit her work alongside some wood works by Fred Dodson of Blue River Woodworking.
Fred is actually my neighbor on Allied Street: he's one of those talented McIntire Plaza craftsmen I've been telling everyone about and I'm really excited to be able to share some of his work with you.

Our showroom has a fresh coat of paint and has been brightened immensely by the addition of those large windows in the gallery. We've finally converted the old shower in the corner. As you might know, La Linea Bella! is located inside the old Virginia Tile location and we've inherited all of their beautiful tile work ... along with that model shower, which is now a beautiful nook for favorite-moulding display.

Titus has moved his office (and his countless toys) over into the new sunny section of LLB and is enjoying the gallery as a running track and ball-chasing-field. His favorite place to lounge: the center of the large star I painted on the gallery floor. Go figure.

Our workroom has expanded immensely as well (yay, room for more equipment!) and I have added some art, and Jon and I are so excited to have this new light & energy filled space to work in!
My own studio has moved into the rear of LLB so I may start working on my art again.

I finally got around to designing and building that lovely antiqued jewelry cabinet for our beautiful KiraKira jewelry (Suzanne was quite excited to see it): I am adding more photo frames and have come to realize how much fun it is to work on wedding photos and mementos after I got to work on friends' and clients' new and vintage pieces this year. So I have added a page to my website to help with questions and inspiration.
KiraKira Bridal and Spring Jewelry.

Roma LAVO (available in ready-mades or custom frames.)

I look forward to seeing everyone on February 8th for the opening and celebration of our new space. Rachel has even made arrangements for some classical guitar music for us. This is her first show: she is super talented and we are very excited for her!

Thank you to my wonderful "wing man" Randy (man with angel wings, that is) who helped me with the muscle-work of knocking out walls and moving tables. Without his help... well, I don't know what I'd have done. 

I look forward to an exciting 2013 full of creative projects.
Thank you all for a wonderful 2012!

See you soon!

Beate (and Titus!)