Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Congrats to two friends- ArtSmarts Grand Opening!

{clockwise left to right: Moira, Stacey, myself, Evie and Rosie}
Last month I had the great pleasure of seeing a dream come true. My dear friends Stacey Gerard and Moira Geracitano celebrated the Grand Opening of their beautiful art studio in Latham, New York.
{The new space - with a curtained-off area for parties}
Called ArtSmarts, it features a hands on approach to learning and creativity for children and their families. What amazes me about this dream realized is it was not a deep budget that made this space happen. What made it happen was pure willpower and elbow grease on the part of these two. Stacey and Moira reused, recycled and painted up a storm to pull it all off.

The bright, fun space is just full of beautiful touches...
{Can you believe it was less than $100!}
The newly installed IKEA Maskros Pendant Lamp throws bursts of light over the space...
{look at the fabulous star detail on the seats!}
...and Stacey finally found the perfect spot for the antique bench that had sat in her garage forever!
{Moira cut the legs of this huge Craigslist table down to a child's height}

With all this creativity behind the design of this space, you can imagine how creative and wonderful the classes and parties held at ArtSmarts are!
{Rosie drawing on the huge chalkboard wall  in the party area}
I am so proud of Stacey and Moira! Congrats!



  1. I love those star cutouts on the seats. such an unexpected touch!

  2. Congrats, and wishing success to your friends sharing art with others!

  3. Thanks you so much Loretta-your photos are beautiful-and so is your support!

  4. Looks absolutely beautiful. What a fun place for children to express themselves. Way to go gals.

  5. Carolina contingentJanuary 26, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Great piece and can't wait to see ArtSmarts in the flesh and blood!

  6. Congrats to your friends!! the place looks amazing, I hope it is a huge success!!

  7. Wow Loretta, what an awesome idea! I wish I was could sit at that crafts table with my sleeves rolled up. Such an awesome space with beautiful details. It takes a lot of guts to start a venture like this and I can see their hard work really paid off.

    Congratulations to Stacey and Moira!!! Our world needs more places like this : )

    diaNoche Living

  8. love it ! that light fitting is amazing !! and L when I have my NZ shop maybe I could stock you too :) best le xox

  9. I am so in love with the Maskros! I want one for myself so bad. One of these days...

    PS-I am totally thinking of a shade between the pink and the peach. thank you :)



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