use the studios!
(Archival information: the studios have been closed since September 2006)
We invented these studios to provide
space, facilities, and community for working artists, with a special
emphasis on the development of women art-makers. "Is it
you ask. Of course not; it's a studio, not a socialist revolution. But
since we see this work as a perennial, organic process and we
to making the resources for art-making accessible to women, we offer
a variety of ways to participate. Explore the options below.
us at info at barebonestudios dot com (you
can do that from our Contact
call us at (517)267-0809 to make arrangements.
By renting your own piece of the premises you can become one of our studio-mates
with a key of your own and full access to all of our facilities. But
we can accommodate only a limited number of studio-mates, so
if you're not able or not quite ready to move right in, there are lots
of other possibilities:
been given an orientation to the studios and our equipment, you can
an independent work session whenever a studio-mate will be at the studios
and the facilities you need are not already in use. This sort of access
is ideal when you have a specific body of work to complete. The fee
depends on the equipment you'll be using:
drawing, sewing--in general, using the space and the utilities
but not our equipment:
$5 for a 3-hour session.
- Throwing on
the wheel, printmaking and the like, using our equipment: $10 for
a 3-hour session; you supply your own materials (we can sell you
clay and glaze chemicals).
You can bisque and glaze fire in our kilns for an additional fee;
see our kiln rates.
- Using the
darkroom: $20 for a 3-hour session; you supply your own chemistry.
You may also contract for the use of our kilns alone for the
need more time to work, you can rent access to our different
studio areas by the month. Think,
graduate school without the professors: Hours of access are
basically unlimited, though you may need to negotiate with
of the studios if you require private time and to work around
occasional scheduled events. Although you don't get to "own" part
of the studio, you are welcome to store your things on the
lockers, flat files and such.
The fee for
access to our ceramics area may also be negotiable. Check out
our rate scale for
darkroom time "in bulk." For this sort of access,
we require a $50 key deposit, refundable when you return your
We sometimes rent the use of the large painting studio for
meetings, parties and other special events. Our basic rate
is $50 for four hours, for simply occupying the space and
leaving it in as good condition as you found it. Use of other
space and of our equipment is negotiable for an additional
We also occasionally donate the use of this space to fellow
travelers and worthy causes. Talk to us.
If none of these options seems to fit, don't despair. We are
happy to tailor individual arrangements whenever we can, so please
our studio-mates offer ongoing workshops in their fields of interest.
You can generally start at your own level and proceed at your own
pace. Use each workshop as a tutorial with an experienced instructor or
as time set aside to work in the stimulating company of kindred artists--or
both--as suits you. Check the schedule for current offerings, and sign
up to receive notice of future workshops and events of interest to
So, come visit, come work. The
studios are waiting for you.
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Monday, July 12, 2010.
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