For once, I'm not talking about my own studio! This past weekend, locally, The Delevan Studios opened their doors to the public. This century-old, former plow factory near the city's center has had a long history as a factory, then as abandoned space, and currently as repurposed high-ceilinged studio spaces occupied by a huge variety of artists.
Once a year, near the holidays, the space is opened for the public to enjoy treats, visit with local artists at work in their studios, and purchase gifts. Of course inspiration is everywhere!
One of the busier sections of the center is on the third floor. As you wander along uneven floors through a labyrinth of passageways, each studio seems to spill into the wide halls of the old factory building.
Inside each studio, we found all manner of hand-crafted goods . . . painting, photography, quilting, glass, beading, and more . . . along with their creators who share their stories and inspirations.
There is even a commercial printer on the main floor.
In one of the studios, we met William Burns, a local commercial artist with a quirky imagination! If you're fond of DeMet's chocolate turtle candies, you'll find his turtle character on every package! (They are yummy!)
As it turns out, while we sampled festive savories and sweets as we wandered the studios, we did some holiday shopping. It was especially nice to bypass the shopping mall scene and enjoy relaxed and unique atmosphere!