I'm an artist and for years I've been working out of my home- eking out space in the dining room, front porch, bedroom, wherever I could find room and light. Over time, I ran out of space, and I wanted my house back. I really need a proper studio. A place with plenty of light, storage, and work area.
I live on a small farm and one day I had an idea. Why not turn the old metal grain bin into a studio? I've seen stories and pictures of grain bins that have been recycled into everything from bars to B&Bs. Surely with a little work, mine could be made into an art studio.
So I started asking around, and talked to the local building trades teacher at the high school. He came out and had a look and said his class could take it on as a school project. This will take a while, the whole school year, but it will keep my cost down significantly. It will be a great learning experience for the kidsthey'll really have to think outside the box! They can use some reclaimed and green building materials, which will be good for the environment.
The funds I'm asking for will cover the building materials, plus 30% of the cost of those materials which goes to the building trades class. The amount of $15,000 will give me the basics- framing, drywall, electrical, windows, doors, and a floor. If I'm able to raise over that amount, the surplus will go towards cabinets, countertop, work tables, chairs, better lighting, and some basic art materials for students. I want my studio to be accessible to everyone, so I'll have a ramp installed as well.
After the studio is completed, I will not only have a place to work and show my art, but I can invite other artists to use the space to teach and do workshops. I live in an especially beautiful country setting, on a small farm. Visitors would not only be able to enjoy my art, but they could see the gardens, visit the chickens and pet the goats. They'd see many of the same views that inspire my paintings, and they'd come away with a unique art experience that I think they'd remember for a long time.
Art Alliance Brown County
Brown County Art Gallery Association
Brown County Art Guild Patron Association
Indiana Heritage Arts
Indiana Plein Air Painters Association (IPAPA)