To quote Joseph Campbell, the famous American scholar and creativity expert, “To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.”
At some point in an artist’s career, the need for a dedicated work space becomes difficult – even impossible – to ignore. The decision to rent studio space is a big commitment. Here’s a look at some of the reasons artists decide it’s time to have their own studio…
The artist’s studio occupies a unique place in our collective imagination. The public – especially those who appreciate but do not create art – often regard the studio as a type of magical workshop. Behind a closed door, working alone, an artist transforms materials that at first glance don’t seem all that special – canvas, clay, string, paint, and the like – into statements that have the power to move hearts, change minds, and influence society.
Delicately twisted twigs crafted in luxurious gold are some of Melissa McClure’s most well known works. An accomplished jewelry artist, McClure’s work connects two worlds: her own roots are split between Texas and NYC. That blending of rugged energy and sophisticated sensibilities is a winning combination: delicate organic jewelry with hefty visual appeal.
Ayn Kraven’s oversized canvases are full of life, color and energy – dynamic compositions that demand the viewer’s full attention. Working primarily in acrylics, oils, and mixed media, Kraven is an accomplished abstract artist with a robust, devoted following on her Instagram account, @AynKraven.
At first glance, it’s entirely possible to mistake one of William P. Duffy’s paintings for a window framing a particularly lovely view. A multi-award winning plein oil painter, Duffy works in oils. His many collectors are particularly passionate about Duffy’s nautical works, but he has painted scenes all around the world, including Ireland and the Azores.
With a name seemingly drawn from a woodland forest, it’s not surprising to find Holly Hawthorn’s work full of natural elements. A sculptor, printer, and ceramicist, Hawthorn works in many mediums. Her work is playful and thought provoking, cheerful and memorable.
Every year, the Bridgeport Art Trail hosts a city wide open studio event that’s absolutely phenomenal. This year was no exception: over 1,100 visitors came to the American Fabric Arts Building during our two-day Open Studio. We want to thank everyone who attended, as well as those of you who shared information about this event: lots of important community building happened because of you.