2013 started much the same as any other year until I was invited to attend the launch of Essex Framing Services (EFS) new premises in The Old School Complex in Whittlesford on New Year’s Day. There was much excitement as EFS moved from Saffron Walden after 12 years of trading in a small unit on an industrial estate, to a space so large they even had room for an art gallery and gift shop!
So while the mulled wine and mince pies were been devoured Julie unlocked a door into another room and there it was! “It would make a good studio wouldn’t it” were Julie’s words and we both looked at each other and smiled! Granted it needed a lot of imagination and work, and the right business partner; it was too much for one person to manage, but what a fantastic opportunity!
Well that’s history now; my artist friend and colleague Helen Millar was more than happy to take on the challenge and with help from our long suffering husbands the studio now looks fantastic! Not only do we each have our own working studio, but in addition a wonderful space for holding painting work-shops, exhibitions and Cambridge Open Studios!
Our launch weekend took place on the 20th – 21st April and attracted scores of visitors, all of whom could not believe the transformation. Even the weather was perfect; I think it knew we wanted to show off our new enterprise to its best effect! The work-shops have been filling up nicely and we have regular drop-in-and-paint days each week. In fact the future is looking pretty positive and I’m confident that The Old School Studio will become an arts based hub for the area.
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