A lot has transpired during this ferociously harsh and frustratingly drawn-out winter. Enough to just about forget how cold and miserable it has been. I loathe winter. I know loathe is a strong word, but this particular season in Eastern Canada has dissolved the already faint penchant I had for winter in general, let alone in this part of the planet. The busyness of 2014 so far has at least helped me to become distracted of my distaste, therefore, it has felt reasonably quick that we’ve approached March.
What is more interesting then the usual ranting about everyone’s hatred of winter is the glimmer of good news, changes in life, particularly new prospects, and for the artist, there is nothing more exciting then a new studio. This for me has been my chance to come up for air in the drowning of the winter blues.
I moved into a new studio space in the beginning of March, which sits conveniently next to my friend Emily’s little gallery; Hermes, near the corner of North & Agricola Street in Halifax. The whole neighborhood is gentrifying rapidly, but in this case – in a good way, as that section of the North-end is quickly developing with new and creative, fashionable cafes, restaurants and boutiques. I am happy that in the same neighborhood are exciting new business such as The Brasserie, the Lion & Bright, EnVie vegan restaurant, Oh Dina!Millinery, Make New, as well as a little more established ones on the block such as Local Source, Ace Burger, FRED, and others. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether they’re there or not. Nevertheless, it’s nice to be in a part of the city where things are happening, business and creative-wise.
I feel that after all of the drama and stress from my old studio and the move, in my new studio I can now breath. The space has lots of natural light, as well as being street level. I feel much more comfortable in it for not just making art, but for teaching the art classes. So far, in the two weeks I’ve been there, it has made a difference.