Monday, November 21, 2011

Biffybeans at the Banana Factory: I now have my very own art studio!


I am now a resident artist at *The Banana Factory complete with my own private art studio! I move in this week to Studio 249 and I am beyond ecstatic! A real space (236 sq feet all mine!) to spread out and make art - to make a mess, to hang my completed works and to interact with the public. To be a member of a rich art community, to be encouraged and inspired to explore my artistic visions - I really just couldn't ask for anything more! (Except maybe for a team of elves to furnish it. LOL!)

If you can, save the date of Friday Dec. 2nd from 6-9pm because on the "First Friday" of the month, the artists all open their studios to the public as the businesses of the Southside Bethlehem Shopping District host a celebration of art and culture. Stores, restaurants, and art galleries stay open late and offer special discounts, refreshments, gallery openings and more. (The Banana Factory becomes one HUGE party!)

The 2nd and 3rd floors of the Banana Factory are where the artists reside and you can always come up and see the art in the hallways and visit with any artist who has an open door. I think I might enjoy working a fair amount of the time with my door open though I don't yet know what kind of schedule I will keep - stay tuned! If you are planning a visit to the area, send me an e-mail at stephanie at biffybeans dot com to arrange for a studio visit. 

*The Banana Factory is a visual arts and education center in Bethlehem, PA so named for being housed within an old banana warehouse and distribution center. It is has been in existence since 1998 and is home to 25+ artists in residence. The facility includes two large galleries, gift shop, a hot glass studio, ceramics studio, teaching space, and more! It is a non-profit supporting youth arts education.

The Banana Factoy's past The Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA


Unknown said...

Congrats elsewhere and congrats here! It's wonderful that you've got your own space so you can finally do what you need :)

We have a place similar down here in Huntsville, called Lowe Mill. 3 stories of an old Vietnam War boot factory, hundreds of studios, glass studio, metalworking, a community garden, artist market... it's incredible and it makes me so happy that you're now part of a place like that!

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Much thanks to you Plum! And I love hearing that you have a similar space in Huntsville - hundreds of studios? Wow!

hap said...

Congrats Steph!!
It's amazing what getting away from the distractions of the "house" can do your ability to concentrate!! looking forward to seeing your new digs! I'd show you a photo of mine if there were (and I knew how to do it) a way to include a photo here! I have a nice little space in a 1900 era building. I love having a place where I can leave work out until it's finished AND not be distracted by dishes, phone soliciting, and the housework waiting for IT's turn at me!!

Daisy Yellow said...

Stephanie, I'm so thrilled and happy for you!!! Such a wonderful opportunity to create in peace, create along with other artists. So cool!

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