Amelie’s French Bakery will be moving into our old space at 136 East 36th Street, and we all like the idea of being able to still visit that building we came to love.
Our new building, at 2422 North Tryon, was built in 1955 and served that era as a bomb shelter with interior safe rooms and is substantially over-built with concrete 1st and 2nd floors and roof. The building had been neglected and vacant for several years. The odor of mold and musty air was over-powering. We walked quickly down the hall to the main staircase, holding our breath, up to the second floor, down the hall, down the back staircase, and out the door and announced: “We’ll take it!” Sometimes you just know.
The building was already perfectly divided into a nice variety of studio sizes, has plentiful natural light from the almost 100 windows, is extravagantly climate controlled, and has a quiet inside that you might expect from a former bomb shelter.
Prior to move-in, we had the mold remediated, a new roof and gutters installed, and had the interior thoroughly cleaned and painted. There are 16 studios in the new building, with several vacancies, starting at $300 per month. (To inquire, contact send us an email.)
FALL FREE FOR ALL
We look forward to showing off our new digs on Saturday, October 19, at the Fall Free for All 2019, from 7 pm to 11 pm. The Fall Free for All is a large, diverse, and inclusive visual arts exhibit featuring recent works of Hart Witzen studio artists and other regional artists. The event is FREE and open to the public.
All artists are welcome to apply: painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, installation artists, and new media. Artist applications will be accepted through Monday, October 7. More info available at hartwitzengallery.com/FREEforALL.html.