I am having an art show THIS WEEK. I am particularly excited for this show because it is in a space that is very dear to me. It will be held at studio 1915 in my hometown Hoople, North Dakota.
What is studio 1915? Well.. the building itself has been many things. It was built in 1915 and is one of the few original buildings left in Hoople. Since 1915 it has been a general store, saloon, arcade, grocery store, and a secondhand store. Now after 100 years it has transitioned into an art and furniture studio.
The building has been in my family for over 20 years now. My dad surprised my mom with this gem and at the time the rain was dripping through the roof and it was in complete despair. It was DEFINITELY a surprise! My parents operated a small store for many years and the building was a second home to me when I was young. They decided to hang it up 10 years ago. As you can imagine, business can be tough in small towns. A few years ago I decided to bring the old Store back to life, and with help from my friends I cleared out the old merchandise, painted, and ripped out the flooring to expose the original floors. These floors are amazing because they show the history of the old building. It is slightly lighter in areas where the coolers and even counters sat in the early 1900s. How great is that!
My love for old buildings is very apparent in my artwork but also evident throughout my life. I am proud of my family for preserving this wonderful building when it could have very well been demolished instead.
It also makes me proud to be able to open my doors to my small community and share my artwork. I am at the very heart of my inspiration and with great pleasure I would like to extend an invite to any locals who would like to see what I have been working on lately. The show is November 18 and 19th. On Friday night there is a wine social from 5 to 8 pm, AND it is not just any wine… homemade choke-cherry wine! The studio will also be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by and say hi!