If you have a property
that you are trying to sell, just rent Karen a studio space! Nearly two years
ago to the day, Karen's Windsor Locks mill studio was sold to a New York owner
that gave all the businesses in the complex only three months to move. Although
Karen had her Norfolk studio started, it wasn't ready for all of the artwork and
tools. Supplies and sculptures went flying into storage while Karen purchased
a home office in the community of Windsor Locks.
Although the new location was quiet and peaceful, Karen
began to miss the open houses, fundraising martini tastings, and community interactions
that she had experienced at the old mill studio. So, she started holding art tag
sales in her original South Windsor studio space, the home of her parents. To
continue the momentum, Karen rented a space at the Arbor Street Studios in Hartford.
As the snow began to fall, the building was purchased by a new owner, Mark Howard.
Renovations were planned, so Karen found a new home at Comstock Ferre, where she
dreamed of having all aspects of the business and studio under one roof and much
closer to her Meriden home.
With the recent sale of our Windsor Locks studio, we
planned to move everything to the Comstock Ferre location that had become our
second home. However, as soon as the Windsor Locks property was sold, a letter
of intent was signed to purchase the Comstock building where Karen's studio was
located. With a major renovation slated, potential new owner Thomas Coccomo suggested
that Karen move her offices to his Berlin location. Having been in this new location
for a few weeks now, it is really starting to feel like home. We are settling
in, getting back to the artwork, and meeting the new neighbors, postal workers,
and delivery people who have been more than friendly and helpful.
'til You Drop
retail shop in Comstock had to be taken down, Karen decided to set up a small
store in Berlin. We are fortunate to have a back room that will be the perfect
new home for Karen's Fanciful Flights and other licensed products. This shop will
be available by appointment only, so please give us a call at 860-292-8142 if
you are interested in seeing the items that are available for sale.
In our moves out of Windsor Locks and Comstock Ferre,
we had a lot of supplies, tools, and art pieces that would never have fit into
the Berlin spot. So, Karen decided that this was the perfect time to put her Norfolk
studio into fast forward. In just a month's time, the in-progress studio has really
started to come into its own. Art tag sales are being held there on the last Sunday
of each month, through October. The craft room is filled with tons of great supplies,
colorful sculptures fill every wall, and the metal-working machines are ready
to be used for several upcoming projects, including the chuppah that Karen will
be creating (with help from Tim the Welder) for Denise Rosenberg. (Stay tuned
for more on this in next month's newsletter!) We are certainly looking forward
to seeing what the coming months hold as we settle into the new homes of Karen
first Windsor Locks studio
second Windsor Locks studio
painting area of our new Berlin location
new studio in Norfolk, CT