Due to Covid-19, we have had to close our space in the Turnagain Arts Building in Anchorage, Alaska. If you've been there, you know it is a very narrow space, and almost impossible to socially distance in there! I could maybe have 4-5 people in there, but classes that small aren't going to keep paying the rent! And I simply don't have the funds to move into a bigger place. So I decided to close up the physical studio and move everything into storage for now.
As sad as that is, I'm choosing to look at this as a new beginning, with new opportunities! I feel like this will allow me to focus more on art, and more on what my clients would like to see. Even without the studio space, I can do a party or class at your home or business (more on that below), and will be doing some online classes! Moving to online classes allows me to help people no matter where in the world they are - from the comfort of their own homes! I also hope to create more custom art, like my pet portraits, and this will allow me time to focus on those as well.
I would love to come and do a painting party for you at your home or business (in the Anchorage/Eagle River, Mat-Su Valley, Girdwood areas of Alaska) - if socially distancing is possible, and masks are worn. We can come up with the perfect painting or craft project for you! Please email me your ideas, the date you wish to have your party, and your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another thing I'm toying with is creating art kits - all the supplies you need to create your own art! It might be painting supplies, drawing supplies, or wood burning! (Or something else?!) Some of them will go with online classes, and some will be stand-alone. I'm thinking of making some custom kits, made just for you, where I prepare your canvas or other surface with the image you want, and you do the painting or drawing - kind of like paint-by-numbers. This would be most useful in pet portraits - you send me the photo of a pet, and I get everything ready for you to paint it - *without* you having to draw it yourself! Let me know if you think this would be something you're interested in.
I'm looking forward to the possibilities in moving forward, and hoping for the best! I think we can make Palette into something even better than ever, in spite of Covid-19!