As I walked through my downtown business district last week, and noticed several vacant storefronts, a long dormant dream awakened again. If money were no object and time were no object, how would you spend that?
Would you purchase equipment?
--A new camera, perhaps
--A new computer
My goal, my pipe dream has ALWAYS been to have a studio in my downtown district. Not a big space, just somewhere I can show SOME of my photography and a small office where I can work. I’ve thought about this for YEARS.
Several years ago a storefront opened in Madison, Connecticut called The Art Bin. Its where I went to have my photography framed and matted. The pricing didn’t break my bank so I was able to frame and sell at at a price that didn’t scare potential customers away. Shortly after the business owner opened, he transformed his location into a art co-op. He allowed his customers and others to use the space to show and sell their work out of the business.
After having my photography exhibit at The Art Bin, I started to formulate a goal to do this myself and especially after the business closed. I’d love to have this happen and a few years ago I thought about asking artists I know about opening an artist co-op. Never pulled it off.
Because to do something like this, it takes SO much more than money. It takes time.
This will continue to be a pipe dream for some time to come. But we all need to have something we are chasing.
What are you chasing?
In the meantime:
Focus on what's ahead of you.