LANCASTER STUDIO CLOSING- A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Art Matters Studio started in 2013 with just a few students (many who still come) in the sunroom of a house we were renting on Landis Valley Road. We have seen tremendous growth, teaching 1000s of classes, camps and birthday parties with an amazing group of instructors over the last 10 years. We have also had hard times and experienced growing pains as a small business navigating two relocation changes and Covid shut downs. We made it through tough times thanks to an outpouring of support, hard work and the dedication of a core group of long term staff members who have kept an ongoing positive attitude and passion for bringing arts education and creative expression to the families of Lancaster County.
Those closest to me are aware of some high points in my life during the last few years-seeing my son get married, find his passion serving as an EOD technician with the Air Force, and making me a grandma. As we all do, I have also suffered losses, with my father, mother, brother in law and family dog all dying within a three year period.
If there is one thing this period in history, and my life has taught me, is that life IS short and nothing is guaranteed. I know it is a cliche, but I have felt it strongly with each high and low and feel compelled more than ever to live life fully and with intention.
When my Mother died last Fall, we were faced with the decision of whether to sell my parents home in Connecticut. In one of our last conversations with me she said that their home “was a special place” and she wanted me and my husband to take care of it. My husband and I took this to heart. My happy place has always been the New England coast, having gone to college and had our son in Rhode Island, meeting my husband and step daughter on Cape Cod. While living in Lancaster County, we visited my parents frequently in Connecticut in their special home filled with collections and collectables, artwork, books and plants.
After much consideration we have decided to close our location in Lancaster and relocate to Guilford Connecticut. My husband and I will now make my parent’s home our “special place''; open to family and friends, conversation and art. I will inherit my mothers spacious studio to paint in, and my husband will use my fathers for his photography. We are looking for a new home for the studio in which we hope to add a store and gallery as well. My husband will become my work partner as well, taking on a greater role in Marketing, E-commerce and Production Design.
This has been a difficult decision, but we were happy to have the choice, with many businesses having to shut their doors in the last few years. We have had an amazing journey growing this business with you all, making connections and friendships, seeing your children grow and blossom.
All of us at Art Matters wish to thank you for an amazing 10 years! I can not tell you how much I will miss all our Lancaster Families! Feel free to keep in touch.