Posted by Amy On February 24th, 2014
My friend Pam has had an exciting life of travel. Her husband’s career has consisted of a series of assignments in exotic parts of the world, including the Middle East. At each post, Pam, her husband Jouni, and their four children would establish a new home. It was a challenge without a doubt, especially when they were living in areas of combat. Pam encouraged her family to embrace these adventures although it must have been a real challenge for a family who was routinely uprooted. Another challenge for Pam was to find a place in each of these new homes for creating her art. Pam, an accomplished artist, continued to create art while raising a family abroad and being transplanted every year or so.
I met Pam about ten years ago, when she and her family returned to their home in the DC Suburbs. She dreamed of creating a studio space where her art could take root. Years of making do or going without had made her hungry for a studio of her own. Years of dreaming made the dream specific…she knew exactly what she wanted. And years of dreaming had made her a bit less patient.
And now, her dream is coming true…
I visited Pam’s studio in progress on Sunday. It doesn’t take much imagination to see how beautiful this studio is going to be.
This fabulous space is being built above her garage and will be attached to her home. Pam knew that she wanted plenty of North-facing windows as well as pretty South-facing palladian windows. She wanted tall Cathedral ceilings and exposed beams.
Gazing out the windows, it felt like I was in a treehouse…better yet, a nest! Pam has big plans for creating art in this space. But lucky for you and me, she is also going to open up her studio regularly for teaching and hosting classes. If you are a DC-area local, I know you will be excited to hear this news as our area is seriously lacking in this department. She’s envisioning the classes to be focused on learning a skill. If you have any ideas of what sorts of classes she should offer, I know she’s interested in hearing them. Visit her blog and let her know.