Spring Morning, 2014, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on canvas, 8"x 10"
After being told by the landlord that my studio/gallery space was going to be leased to someone else even though I was a "model tenant," I've been given a reprieve. Barring any unforeseen issues, I'll soon be signing a new, three-year lease to stay at the Esplanade.
In the interim I've thought of little else. Every option was considered. Find space elsewhere. Paint at home and have a show now and then. Join in with other artists. (thank you VERY much for the invitation!) Go back to outdoor shows or the Farmer's market. Look for a gallery. Retire. Retire? Nothing felt quite right.
In the end, keeping the studio/gallery was what seemed best for me, so I asked the landlord to reconsider this decision. Upon receiving my business and marketing plan, financials, and a strongly worded plea, I was reconsidered as a tenant and approved for a three year lease. It's not all roses, since the new lease is a tough one and I'll have to work very hard, but I'm comfortable that the decision is the right one.
So I'll sign the lease and be at the Esplanade for another three years. Many thanks to all of you who comforted me, stood up for me, spoke up for me, called me, emailed me, helped with the financials, review the legal stuff, and generally supported my plea. It wouldn't have happened without YOU and I am most truly grateful for your support.
Come in for some coffee and art chat. I'll be at my easel!