Friday, July 31, 2009
I moved out of Crane Street Studios this week. I'm not sorry to leave the dust, the 5 floor walk-up, the awful loos (sorry, it's a British word but somehow 'restroom' or 'bathroom' are far too posh to describe them), my dark and narrow little studio space BUT I am sorry to be leaving such a wonderful artists community. Thankfully, I've made some very special friends who will continue to be part of my life. My studio at Juvenal Reis Studios is much nicer. It is bright with high ceilings and has a professional air about the building. It seems to be well run and clean. Now I just have to find someone to share my space and rent! It is 5 minutes walk from Crane Street so I still get to enjoy the convenience of a short commute from my home in Manhattan, the local stores and the lunchtime terrace at PS1 which is part of MOMA. Onwards and upwards! Follow @EleanorRahimPin It Now!
Monday, July 20, 2009
With much sadness I have to say goodbye to my old studio at Crane Street. Back in April there was a terrible accident when the stairs (pictured in one of my older posts) collapsed with a fellow artist falling from the forth floor. Miraculously, she survived and I send my very best wishes to her and her family. The building was closed and although it may reopen, I can no longer afford to wait for that to happen. I will be relocating to the Juvenal Reis Studios at the beginning of August. I am sad to say goodbye to Crane Street as it was such fun for a while and I made some lovely friends there. However, I am excited about my new studio and look forward to meeting more wonderful artists in that building. Follow @EleanorRahimPin It Now!
This year I had my first Open Studios. The first, at my studio in Crane Street was in March and was an unexpected success. It was a last minute affair as we were asked by The Armory Show organizers to participate at rather a late stage. Nevertheless, we threw open our doors and there was quite a buzz about the place. Given that it was a Friday night, I was very pleased with the turn out. I sold a painting called 'Towards Land III'. I was happy and sad to see it go! However, the new owner loves his painting and that makes me very happy indeed.Pin It Now!
The second Open Studios took place at the Juvenal Reis Studios in May. This was a two day affair and again I was surprised by the large showing of art enthusiasts. I also had moral support from friends Lisa, Carla, Susan, Roon and Charles. I was also lucky enough to be sharing space with three very experienced artists who were members of LICArtists. I learnt quite a lot from them over the weekend. Again I sold a painting so I can claim another successful Open Studios! Thank you to LICArtists for organizing the studio space after the closure of Crane Street Studios.Follow @EleanorRahim