Separation, 2012, Jo-Ann Sanborn
acrylic on archival board, 5"x7"
Very sorry for the glare on today's Everglades painting. I forgot to photograph before finishing with a gloss varnish, and now it won't photograph properly.
Breaking up is hard to do. Most relationships in your life will at sometime point come to an end. Sometimes this happens naturally as you move on either in person or in spirit. Sometimes it is caused by the finality of death, other times it may be a conscious choice. It most always hurts.
I initiated the Artist Colony at the Esplanade three years ago. We had a great run. We were fortunate to have had fabulous space in a great location provided to us at very reasonable costs. By sharing and supporting each other we were able to make it work for all of us.
The artist Colony has always been under a possible threat to vacate. But new owners have a different view of the space. It's not charity, and they are far from Marco Island. They intend to have the space fully rented to paying customers. It's a tough economy, but they are moving aggressively ahead. They've rented the spaces, and have asked us to leave by October 1.
Under this threat, each Colony member has determined a price they feel they can afford to pay for studio space. Staying at the Esplanade is not an option for most, not even with sharing. After weighing, costs, benefits and options, I've come to a different conclusion. I like the traffic there, and I'm ready to take a big step, even though the cost of it will be a challenge.
So, taking a big breath, reaching deep and taking a giant leap of faith, I've made a difficult but exciting decision to rent space in the Esplanade for myself, for Sunshine Studios of Marco Island, Jo-Ann Sanborn, Fine Arts Everglades painter.
I'll take over the space just to the right of where I am now on October 1 and be opened for business by the middle of the month. Some artists will find space elsewhere. Some may band together if they can find donated or affordable space. Some may decide that making art for sale isn't worth the effort.
Will it be the end of the Artist Colony? Too soon to tell, but I hope not. I wish my fellow artists the best in finding what's right for them. Together we were able to add another voice to Marco Island's artistic palette. It was fun. Thank you.