Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I'm Growing and Opening a New Studio!


 I had no idea what to expect when I moved back to Indiana about 2 years ago...I knew I'd do something, I just wasn't exactly sure what it would be.  Having left the comfort of a corporate job...it would be a new chapter and a new beginning. 

 

When I moved back, I found the ideal location to live and work.  I live in a historic building in Newburgh, Indiana, on the banks of the Ohio River.  It's perfect...my town has quite a few antique stores, a few artists, a few galleries, great restaurants, friendly people and amazing water views every day of the year! It's really an incredible set up! I have loved every minute of it and not once regretted "ditching" my corporate job and moving back to "small town" America.   



Yet, at the same time, I am outgrowing my present space!  There are times when I need to have help kitting for classes...my current studio is on the 3rd floor, so it's not exactly conducive for moving boxes and boxes of art and craft supplies...and there's not a lot of room for additional people to help me do my business...and, routinely, I get requests to stop by my studio for a visit.  I've had guests from all over the USA, from New Zealand, and this year the Director of the Indiana Board of Tourism even paid a visit to my humble little studio.  


So, when the office space, on the first floor of my building became available...I jumped on it! And, I am so excited about what that's going to mean for me and my business...I'll be able to do a lot of things that I've only dreamed about until now.
 

It's my plan to develop a working studio where I can host gallery nights and pop up exhibits.  There are so many wonderful local artists whose work needs to be seen. I am planning to work with The SW Indiana Council of the Arts to make this happen!
My new space will also allow me to develop a space to create videos and more online content.  I could not be happier about everything my new space will allow me to do! It's not my intention to be a retail store, with regular hours...at all. I'm a hippy artist and keeping a regular schedule ain't my bag these days. Instead...it's my goal to create a maker space that will allow me to expand on the things I'm already doing...and I think it's gonna be pretty dang cool.

It's all really new, and happening really fast...I get the space around the first of November...and I can't wait to get started.     



 Make sure that you're following me on Facebook at Ken Oliver Crafts to see more of how the plans come together!







26 comments:

  1. What a wonderful & exciting opportunity! Congratulations!

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  2. I am so happy for you, Ken! I am so very proud of you...stepping out in faith, moving to small town America (which is the heart of this great country), being near your folks as you help each other navigate these new life stages, being a positive force in your community...God is doing great things through you! What a blessing for you and yours! I am overjoyed for you! And just imagine the photo shoots to come.... hee hee. God bless!

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  3. Ken...what an amazing opportunity. Someone heard your needs and fulfilled them. I'd love to see you and visit next time I'm in the area. The area sounds right up my alley!
    Best wishes. Follow your dreams and keep on creating!

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  4. Wonderful Ken. I'm so happy for you!

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  5. Wonderful Ken. I'm so happy for you!

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  6. Ken I am so proud of you for following your dream. I bet it is not easy leaving your previous job and starting over. Its so great you are there for your parents. I enjoyed the class you did at Crafters Haven in Minneapolis. What fun. You are so fun to listen to you talk about your folks helping you make things for your classes. My daugher and I put our stencil pictures on our art wall. Thanks again Ken for you passion to teach others. Phyllis Wendel

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  7. Congratulations. A win for you and everyone in the area. I wish you well!

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  8. that is just so totally awesome. congratulations to you!

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  9. I love when great things happen to good people. When I go home to visit my family in Chicago, I'm visiting Newburg too. It looks so
    beautiful!

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  10. So excited for you such wonderful news for you and for the artist community!!! Congratulations!!

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  11. Congratulations! It is always nice to see good things happen for good people!

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  12. Sounds like it is all coming together for you! Congratulations...I hope to have time to re-enter my studio one day...so busy running a retail shop it leaves me little to no time for creating which is not good! Congrats once again...EnJoY!

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  13. I love to see people's dreams come true! So refreshing from the worldly news we are bombarded with daily. So happy for you and proof that if you just stand still, you are going nowhere! All the best to you!! Keep Dreaming!!!

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  14. Congratulations on all your continued success! Looking forward to seeing photos of the new space.

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  15. Congratulations Ken on this next step in living your artist life. I am so pleased and proud of you for making your dreams and goals into your reality.

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  16. You were meant to move to that home so that you would end up with the space you needed, good luck

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  17. How exciting Ken! Congratulations and dreams do come true. 🎉

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  18. A big congratulations on this Ken. It sounds like the perfect opportunity at the perfect time.

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  19. Congratulations! Look forward to hearing how things progress & pictures!

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  20. What a blessing to be able to go back to your roots! I grew up in Evansville, IN, so I know how special a town Newburgh is. We used to go to the Old Country Store and get candy and shop. My dad's grandfather owned the Old Stone House overlooking the river.
    I hope to come for a visit soon!

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