Two years ago I made the announcement that after 12 years in our home studio, we were moving to the westside of Santa Cruz. It was a huge change for us and we were really excited for all the possibilities. The past two years at Mission Industrial Art Studios has been even more amazing than we could of expected; the community of artists who work there became friends, a 1400 sq ft warehouse became our basecamp and you- the community of art lovers- joined us at events, for classes and drop-in visits- it’s been pretty incredible and we’re so grateful.
Just a few weeks ago, the powers-that-be at Mission Industrial notified all the tenants that due to issues with ADA compliance, it is too high of a liability for the property to be open to the public any longer. Therefore all of the tenants are no longer allowed to participate in art events like Open Studios, hold classes, or have the public come onto the property. Everyone was stunned by the news and it has taken time to digest what this means and how each of us will move forward. And to be honest, we’re not exactly sure how Earth Art Studio is going to move forward yet but I wanted to keep you in the loop.
What we do know is that we will not be resuming classes at the studio but we may offer some workshops outside of the studio space, those opportunities will be announced in our monthly email blast. And while, I was delighted to officially be accepted into the Open Studios Art Tour for this coming October, I’m still researching my options for a venue, if a suitable one can’t be found, I may not be participating for the first time in over 15 years.
In the short term, we plan to stay put since the idea of moving the studio again in addition to the lack of spaces available for light industrial artists is daunting but we are keeping our eyes open for options – please let me know of any leads if you’ve got them!
In the meantime, since you can’t visit the studio to buy art any longer, the online shop is open 24/7 for all your art buying needs and will be added to and improved on to make an even better art buying experience for you. I’m also working on more venues to show and sell my work from that are outside of my studio space and will announce those as they happen.
Thanks for sticking with us as we go through these ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch changes!
(also sorry if that song is stuck in your head all day after reading this!)
Art Hearts with Wings are a best seller and they have been out of stock for quite a while but not anymore…
Now available in Bright Red, Deep Red or Winter White on both stems and as ornaments in the online shop. These hearts make great gifts for the holidays or house warming gifts throughout the year. Oh! And this gift gives back…a portion of all art heart sales is donated to doing philanthropic art projects locally and abroad!
A few of these Vines have found a new home! Had to get up on the big ladder today to take them down, get them cleaned and packed up. I can’t wait to see what they will look like installed in there new home!
It’s the start of the holiday parties, house warming dinners and the gift giving season, so don’t forget to give handmade hearts to your loves! You can buy them from the online shop or support your local shops and buy Art Hearts here:
Earth Art Studio | Santa Cruz CA
Santa Cruz Art League Gift Shop | Santa Cruz CA
The Homeless Garden Project Store | Santa Cruz CA
Ace’s Flowers | Aptos CA
Bonny Doon Garden Company | Santa Cruz CA
Norrie’s Gift Shop at the UCSC Arboretum | Santa Cruz CA
The Garden Company | Santa Cruz CA
Posy Handpicked | Leavenworth WA
Want to see Art Hearts in your shop? Contact Jenni to create a wholesale order…
Now’s the time to put clay class on your schedule for the Fall!
Classes for Kids, Teens and Adults are available at the studio for a 9 week session this fall which starts next week. Join in on all or part of the session and be creative with clay! Home-school groups are welcome and flexible punch cards are available for adult group classes.
The studio is closed for our annual end of summer break, we will reopen the week of September 18th for fall clay classes. The online shop will remain open during our break. If you’d like to sign up for fall classes: Create with Clay
Join us at the studio with clay classes for kids, teens & adults!
Private and semi-private classes are available at Earth Art Studio for the serious artist who just wants to be creative. Open to ages 7 and up, family and friend groups of all experience levels are welcome. We are an Ocean Grove vendor for home-school students.
Adult Clay Classes:
Create with Clay classes are NOT just for kids! You’ll have the opportunity to build your own creative ideas with the guidance of instructor Jenni Ward or challenge yourself with assigned projects. You’ll learn hand-building techniques, how to throw on the wheel and have the opportunity to create work finished with a variety of low-fire or medium-fire glazes. Join us for adult clay classes at the studio, no experience is needed and all levels of creativity are welcome!