So here we are in our beautiful new gallery waiting for folks to drop by and, while many have, others either drive right past us or even TURN AROUND IN OUR DRIVEWAY and LEAVE! We definitely need to figure out how to make the exterior of our building look as inviting as the interior.
So Anna, Bill and I put our heads together. We’re taking this project on much like we have from the very beginning—we’re giving it some time and letting the building guide us. First Bill put up more bells.
Then we agreed on additional signage. Never as easy as it sounds!
STILL cars were passing us by.
So Anna had this brainstorm. Why didn’t we paint a “false trim” around the windows like you see sometimes? Yes! That resonated with me. So we chose our color, a very pale turquoise, and we drove down the mountain to buy it. We also bought more plants.
We met at the gallery early, several hours before the official opening, to paint all the windows. But it took much longer than we thought it would and we got very hot working against the adobe in the sun. So we had to stop before we were finished—either that or risk heat stroke. Even so it was hard to quit. As always, this building wants us to take our time with her, so we will.
Bill put in a lovely sandstone stepping stone at the front door.
And the good news is that we love the ice blue trim! We think it’s really brightening the place up. Anna says it reminds her of buildings in the Greek Islands. We’ll do the big window on the front of the building next and then we’ve decided to paint around the doors, too. I can’t wait to see that! Actually, we met early this morning to do it!
Oh, and here’s the other cool thing we did: we painted our tan chair PINK! Really, who in their right mind would pass us by now?
And, as always, the bearer of all good things: it has started to rain!
Love to you all,
Jeane, Anna and Bill