A Quaint Retreat, A New Home
When it comes to making major moves, Karen Rossi has become
an old pro. The past year and a half have brought more locations her way than
she ever expected or dreamed of. It all began during the summer of 2004, when
the sudden sale of the building where she rented space forced her to relocate.
She moved from the 10,000 square foot studio in the old Windsor Locks factory
building to a much smaller house just blocks away. Since that first move, her
goal has been to rebuild the magic of her loft space in a new and enchanting way.
After the shock of the quick move and the insanity of either throwing things
away or saving them in storage, the sanctity and quiet of working from a home
was welcome. However, it wasn't long before the solitude and commute proved to
be less comfortable than we'd imagined. With that in mind, Karen was off to the
of being tucked away in Windsor Locks, Karen felt that a city location would be
a welcome change. Hartford's appeal was certainly strong. Participating in the
annual Open Studios weekends and being surrounded by friends and colleagues on
Arbor Street proved to be huge perks. However, the location wasn't ideal for the
wide range of events that Karen began to brainstorm in her mind. From the newly-formed
Projects Club" to the idea of hosting kids' craft classes, Karen knew
that an expanded and more accessible space was needed. It was around this time
that she just so happened to find herself wandering through Old Wethersfield.
A Hidden Gem
Being the gardening guru
that she is, Karen's always on the lookout for plant and garden shops to explore.
So, when she passed Old Wethersfield's Comstock
Ferre, her curiosity was peaked. While speaking with Comstock employee, Linda
Cushman, Karen's interest grew in more ways than she'd expected. She learned of
the rental space that was available as early as February. Located right within
the Comstock Ferre store, she knew that the spot was perfect. She soon began the
process of moving things out of Hartford and into the Old Wethersfield location
that would become the new home of her shop, gallery, and perhaps much more.
Arches of Love
Of all the pieces that
she'll have on display at Comstock Ferre, Karen is most excited about the garden
arches that she's in the process of creating. The idea for the arches originated
from her own process of planning a wedding for herself and fiancé, Greg
Pasborg. They had plans to marry in New Orleans under one of these hand-cut metal
arches. And, while she still hopes to pursue this dream someday, she's focusing
(at least for now) on making arches and chuppahs (Jewish wedding canopies) for
others. She likes the meanings behind the Jewish chuppahs. Over the years, these
arches have come to represent the home of the married couple, with the poles of
the symbolizing the strong faith and trust that are necessary in a marriage.
The Right Move
This final move to Comstock
Ferre will hopefully be the beginning of achieving Karen's New Years resolution
to get everything under one roof. The town of Old Wethersfield seems the perfect
place to claim as a new studio location. With its artsy atmosphere and small town
charm, we have a feeling that Rossi Studios will feel right at home.
Studios' new gallery location can be found within the charming and historic setting
of the Comstock Ferre garden center.
Karen, Robert, and Lynda work on getting the new
shop ready for business.