Twenty years ago I had a dream to open a small shop that would be open part time featuring artwork, flowers, and gifts. At the time I had one little girl and a one-stall garage that was attached to my home. Soon I had one little girl and one little boy and really wanted to be home with them, so I decided to follow my dream and opened my shop, even though the odds were against me with it being a home-business, in a rural area, etc. Eventually I added a big gallery space, a potting shed, and one more son. When I look back on those days, I really wonder how I did it all. Most of you remember the kids toddling around the shop all of those years - and what fun it was! (Two of them are now in college!)
With a strong desire to make it all work, with faith and belief that I could do it - I did! My business developed into a full-time shop featuring my artwork, custom framing, and flowers. I loved every aspect of it and was so happy to share my talents and passion.
This year has been a challenging year for me personally. I realize everbody's road gets rocky sometime, and I really believe in my heart that when you are given a rocky road to travel, something really, really good is around the corner, or even handed to you. Let me explain.
I always had the dream of moving my gallery to a more 'tourist' location once my children were finished with high school. Where, I wasn't sure. Traverse City? Door County? Santa Fe? This past summer I was scouting out some real estate and through word-of-mouth was introduced to this wonderful couple who owns a gallery in Door County. Because of health and retirement reasons, they were looking to 'lease with an option to buy' their gallery in Egg Harbor. I am telling you, 'all the stars were aligned,' and it didn't take me but a moment to look into this and realize that this was what I wanted!
The gallery is a historical log building on the highway with simple living space upstairs - for me - sitting high on the bluff with a view of the water and sunsets. Gardens surround the gallery, and there is a separate, small log studio in the gardens that I will use as my studio space to paint. Pinch me!
So, it is with bittersweet feelings that I have to tell you that I will be closing my gallery space and business in Stephenson after Christmas, 2014. I will, however still be doing flowers for weddings because that is just a pure joy and passion that I am not ready to let go of yet!
My new gallery in Egg Harbor (which is yet to be named - help!) will be open seasonally from May through October. I will have an employee which will allow me time to come home to
Stephenson and do the wedding work and hang out with friends and family. Then when winter sets in, you will find me happily spending quiet moments in my studio/home in Stephenson and catching up on all that horseback riding I missed all summer!
With tears in my eyes, I thank you, and I am ever grateful for all your support of my business and passion for the last two decades! All of you are very special to me, and now I hope you will keep in touch and visit my new gallery space in Egg Harbor!
With sincere gratitude,
Remember...the Artist Studio Tour is still on for Friday and Saturday, November 28,29
9am-4pm...Inventory sale starts then!