Tuesday, August 28, 2012
So what does the future hold... well, it's a little project that we've given the pet-name, "The Allegory Annex".
What the Annex will be is our future online shop headquarters, my personal studio, and a supplemental space for small classes. But what it'll really be is a form of freedom.
Up until now, I've been at the physical shop almost daily. While it brings a lot of rewards setting down roots in the community... by taking on the brunt of manning the store, there are projects that have been pushed to the side because of it and others that have suffered because I've only been able to be partially invested in them. So the new supplemental facilities will allow me to 1) Divide and prioritize. 2) Focus on my strengths. 3) Create additional avenues of income and offer jobs to people in the community.
I'm not stepping back completely from the physical store... I will still be there a few hours everyday and be there on the weekends. My role there will take on a more managerial flare and consist of creating concrete goals for others to follow and hopefully share. The core missions of Allegory Gallery will not change... they'll just have an additional pillar of support to rest upon.
Besides being in the store 25 hours a week instead of 50 hours a week, there will be a few other significant changes for me personally. My own online shop will change focus and offer more of my two- dimensional artwork and possibly some of my finished jewelry. The components will either be absorbed into the Allegory Gallery Online Store or be discontinued. Hopefully I can get rid of a lot of it through more of my Destashing efforts! I will also be able to devote myself more to organizing events and retreats, continue building our online community, and sharing some of the things that we're doing more. I'll also be able to move all my beads and art supplies that are infiltrating every room in our home.
The space is pretty raw at the moment. It's actually stuck somewhere in the 70's with the dated wallpaper, wood veneer paneling and the groovy carpet (underneath the dirty carpet shown in the above picture). It's cluttered with old office furniture, building materials and obsolete computers. But even still... there's a sense of possibility and purpose. It's a diamond in the rough. I'll have to put a lot of elbow grease into transforming the space into a welcoming and creative environment, but I think it'll be worth it. I don't think that anything we've done has been easy so far... but it has felt right and we've had the help and support of many people who have had our backs.
As we embark further on this journey, the picture of what Allegory Gallery is keeps expanding and growing. It encompasses more people and the family becomes stronger. The future is bright.