New working studio/gallery in Eastsound

Now: Optimism and Co. is in the house

Now: Optimism and Co. is in the house


My wish for an in-town working studio with gallery space came true this past winter. I found a perfect studio partner in felt textile artist Christa Smith and over a two-month period, we found a spot in town and set out to create a well-lit, contemporary blank slate that was versatile for accommodating our art making needs. It called for pulling out old carpet, tearing down walls, scrapping out old floor paint, and a total whitewash – lots of sweat equity made possible by supportive husbands and children. Now we share a space we love in Eastsound Square that is enjoying a revival of sorts at the moment, having had several artists move in and set up intriguing spaces too. I think we are on to something…

I hope the pictures say it better, but when you are next on Orcas Island, stop in for a look yourself.

Before: a divided office space

Before: a divided office space

Walls and carpet removed

Walls and carpet removed

After: Concrete floor and white surfaces. Yay!

After: Concrete floor and white surfaces. Yay!


Now: recent work in the front room gallery

Now: recent work in the front room gallery

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3 responses to “New working studio/gallery in Eastsound

  1. I love the space you and Christa have created and the revitalization of Eastsound Square. So many opportunities for inspiration.

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