An Anniversary and A New Adventure

Today is an important anniversary for me, and also the day we're launching a new adventure.

Four years ago today, I opened Susan Carlin Art Studio And Gallery after retiring from my 22 years of practice as a chiropractor.  That February 2nd, in 2008, marked a thrilling return to making my living as a full-time painter and, for the first time, a gallery owner. A year and a half ago, in September of 2010, I dove in deeper yet and traded up to a much larger gallery and to representing now over 20 other artists. I have a busy schedule of commissions and spend my days in activities related to the making of art and to helping artworks find the perfect people to love them and take them home.  You'd think that would be enough to keep me occupied, right?
Well, I'm diving in much deeper yet again.

Today, February 2nd, 2012, my partner and I have purchased a property with three buildings, one built in the 1920s- a grocery store for over 70 years (seen above), and two built at the end of the 1930s- an apartment building with eight garages, and a tiny cottage.  All three have been boarded up for ten years, just waiting for two artists with VISION to come along.  If you'd like to see and read a little more, please hop over to our blog we've started to chronicle the revival of these special buildings and the creation of an event center which will host art workshops, the making of a guesthouse for the lodging of artists who attend them, and the evolution of an apartment building, from a retro past to a high-tech present: "retrotech" residences.
All three make up Whistle Stop Corner!

10 comments:

T.Gomez said...

I can't wait to see the vision become reality. Artists will be blessed, I'm sure.

Linda Popple said...

How exciting!! Good luck with your new venture!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,

How wildly exciting. I wish I could be there to drink a toast to both you and your partner, and to this wonderful new venture. These huge and joyous changes in your life give me hope for all of us. You are great.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Regina Calton Burchett said...

People with the courage and vision to jump off into endeavors like these always inspire me - best of luck to you both!

Debra Bryant said...

Fun on the horizon! You will do great with the vision you have. :)

Rosemary said...

This is such and exciting and over the top adventure! Wow! Can't believe all the work you have ahead of you, but it will all be so worth it! Thank you! Thank you! For showing us the photos and for letting us follow you around as you restore these magnificient old buildings! Please do take us along! Congratulations and best wishes!

Joshua Kadtke said...

So happy for you, as always!

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Wow! How cool is that! Good luck!

Sally said...

That is fabulous news Susan! Congratulations. It's been so long since i've visited your blog...but its great to know you're doing well. sounds exciting plans...maybe i'll make it down there one day:)

Kathy said...

It was wonderful meeting you this past weekend! Jeff and I are so impressed with your work! I know you both will be a success with Whistle Stop Corner! You are a wonderful artist and person! Thank you again for our Anniversary gift...We love it! Many blessings to you both. =) Kathy and Jeff...