On Monday, I received a notice that I had to vacate my studio. Apparently the new owner changed his mind and wants to use all the space himself rather than lease out afew spaces. I was told earlier in the year to look for a year long lease, but it never showed up. I knew I was on borrowed time.
Fortunately, I had been keeping close tabs on Craigs list over the last 6 months. Very quickly, I found a beautiful space in SOMA, near the Ballpark and near the waterfront. It’s a bit smaller, but it has wonderful light, wifi, kitchen. Plus, I think there will be much greater stability, as the owners do not appear to want to change the usage of the building, and in fact, one of them even exhibits in Open Studios. This helped tip the decision to take this particular studio. The other option was a bigger studio at 7th and Market. Not a bad space, but this new one better fits my needs and has wonderful ambiance.
As the new space is a little smaller, so I rented out a small self storage space.
I’m hectically trying to finish the Diomedes painting (final details), and then over the next few days will begin packing and moving. I hired a moving company to come on Friday to take the big things over.
The sad thing is that Belcher Studios was the last artistic outpost in the Castro. The neighborhood has lost its last bit of culture, and is now wholly a restaurant and party neighborhood. As a resident of the neighborhood, I find this very sad indeed.
But I’m glad to be moving on to a new adventure. The new space isn’t quite as convenient (I’ll be taking Muni six days a week now) but I can’t wait to start working there.