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Yes, we are open at The Studio….and while we are, we still don’t have a lot of people coming back to classes yet.  Please take a look at the classes coming up or share the link to help us keep going.  Three months with limited income is stressful. So if you have been wanting to paint be sure to come paint with us soon.  We’d love to see you!  Click here for the upcoming classes and events.  And don’t forget we have regular weekly classes each Wednesday and Thursday.  See more about that here.

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wp-1589895016511.jpgOver the past few weeks, especially this last one, people seem to be anxious to re-open, to go back to work, to return to the way we did things before we were all hit by the pandemic. It is essential that local economies begin to open, to save our community and our livelihoods. It is crucial that it be done safely…with empathy and understanding for those who are concerned about their physical health as well as those concerned about their economic health. Many people have said that the economic part of this isn’t as important to consider or that it is greed that causes us to want to open but if you are one of us who have no income without your business then you have no idea. It is not greed….it is survival! Be understanding.  As we begin to get back to our normal daily lives let us be compassionate. Take it slow. Do what feels right for you!  Apply what you have learned from reliable sources. Try not to be judgmental toward those who must work in order to survive. If you are lucky enough not to have experienced a financial downturn during this time, help those who have…not the big box stores but rather the small locally owned shops….the ones who have helped you each time you have asked for donations to your causes and your kid’s causes over the years. These shop owners are the ones who have suffered both financially and by the judgement of those who continually berate them for wanting to get back to work. Understand that many of us have no choice. We are at the point of losing everything. Just because our businesses were shut down our bills still had to be paid, our mortgages came due, none of the expenses came to a stop…just our income.  Try to keep that in mind. We know these are most unusual times. But if you feel comfortable venturing out, The Studio is resuming our schedule with regular weekly art classes on Wednesday and Thursday for adults and a variety of Paint Parties with limited number of painters and heightened sanitation of our space. The schedule is here. We hope you will attend an event with us soon…or if you aren’t ready to come out perhaps commission or purchase a painting. You can see some of what is available here. We are just trying to be here when the dust settles but that is looking less likely all the time. Until we do see you again, stay healthy.

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Barn Spring 2020We have rescheduled the Spring Barn for Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm…it’s one of the Four Seasons barns we are doing this year. (Click here to register and for more info.)  If you missed the first one (Winter) we will have a session to make up the ones that you might miss.  Come on and join us.  It’s time to get back to painting at The Studio!

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Expressive BranchesWe are rescheduling many of the classes we had to postpone due to the closing in March.  Join us now as we paint again with a limited number of painters for each session. We will continue to sanitize the surfaces and equipment. Painters are encouraged to take precautions by wearing face coverings if they prefer. People who are vulnerable or sick should stay home. We want everyone to be safe but we also need to get our business going again. We will paint the Expressive Spring Branches on Thursday, May 21st at 4 pm.  Click here for more info on the session and to register.

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Coming SoonThe Studio will resume offering classes and Paint Parties for limited numbers of painters beginning Saturday, May 16th with out Paint Your Pet’s Portrait session. Regular weekly adult art classes will resume meeting on Wednesday, May 20th from 10:30-Noon and 5:30-7. And Thursday class will begin meeting on May 21st from 2-3:30 pm. Evening Paint Parties are being scheduled and will limit the number of painters to 6 painters until the end of May. In June we will add a few more painters per session if we feel it’s safe to do so. We will continue to sanitize the surfaces and equipment. Painters are encouraged to take precautions by wearing face coverings if they prefer. People who are vulnerable or sick should stay home.  We want everyone to be safe but we also need to get our business going again.  We hope we will see you soon at a session at The Studio.  Click here to register for the Pet Portrait session… and watch for other classes and parties dates to be release in the next few days.  Thanks for everyone’s support during this unusual time.

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Just a reminder that there are many listings of art on our Square Store as well as gift certificates that you can purchase to help support this small business.  We are still waiting to hear if there will be more small business funding approved.  We didn’t get anything in the first round.  It’s tough right now…waiting to see if we even get any help at all.  So if you have enjoyed a class ever at The Studio we hope you will consider purchasing a gift certificate that you can use as soon as we begin offering classes and paint parties again….soon we hope.  Thanks for your support.

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please 2When we say we want to reopen our businesses to get the economy moving again please don’t respond that we don’t need to get the Stock Market going to make the rich richer. It’s not about the Stock Market. I don’t have any money in the Stock Market. I have money in a small business on Main Street in a small town in Virginia. I have money in my business. I have money in my house…that I would like to be able to keep. Businesses like mine are labeled as “non-essential” but what could be more essential than trying to make a living and feed our families and pay our bills. If we don’t reopen soon I will lose that business I have worked so hard to build. It appears that the SBA Small Business Loans and CAREs act moneys are not going to make it down to a little business like mine. It’s sad that those of us who are self-employed or have one or two employees and need the help the most are the ones who are going to suffer in this.  So when we reach out and say please, let us open as soon as possible….find a safe way to do it, don’t respond that by asking to reopen the economy we want to make the rich richer. We just want to make a living!

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The Monarch, acrylic on canvas measuring 10″x20″, framed,  $145.  Click here to go to The Studio store to purchase or see what else is available.  And thank you again for your continued support of my small business during this unusual and difficult time!

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We’ve just added a few more new items to the store...and taken out a few that sold.  Many thanks to those who have purchased art during this time.  I can’t tell you how much it helps…not just monetarily but it also helps to keep my spirits up.  This time is so difficult.  I appreciate everyone who has sent info about small business loans and the information coming out about the programs that are suppose to help small businesses.  I have looked into a couple.  The sad thing is that the applications will take about 3 months to process.  They say because of the influx of applicants.  It’s hard to stay positive with news like this.  So I do really appreciate the support that you are all giving either by having me do a commissioned piece for you or by purchasing art on the store site.  Again, many, many thanks for the support and kind words. And I ask that you continue to look at the site and share with anyone you think might be interested in art.

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Think clip artIt’s a crazy time.  Crazy for everyone.  It’s harder for some than others.  It’s bringing out the very best and the very worst in people.  There are some programs that are being put in place to help everyone during these uncertain times.  But as a self-employed, small business owner it is a very scary time.  All I, and many other small business owners, are trying to do is to still have our businesses when this is over.   When an arbitrary date like June 10th is set for closing, it feels like a death nail.  We see reports that loans are in place and will be awarded within three days of applying but in reality they are not.  I was told today that the application I submitted a week ago may be reviewed in three weeks….to watch for an email then.  That is not very reassuring.  When I posted that it looked like I would have to close and not even have small group lessons and someone responds that they “are glad that I am doing the right thing”…let me tell you how that sounds.  It sounds like you think it’s fine that I may lose my business.  Maybe it’s not what you mean…but it is how it come across.  If you are working from home or if you still have your regular income, be considerate in the way you respond to those of us that have no income right now.  We are very sensitive now.  It’s hard…and hard to put into words.   Think about it though…. how you would be feeling if you hadn’t had an income for a few months with no prospect of one for several more months.  Would you still be so cheerful about doing “the right thing”?

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