Our grand opening was March 2, the first Friday Art Walk, but we had so much to do before that!
This whole process has been pretty organic. Ideas that we’d been playing with for years and narrowing down for months suddenly popped into being when 17 N San Francisco St, Suite 1B opened up in the historic Switzer building in downtown Flagstaff. Throughout the years its been occupied by many little businesses, most recently Mountain Mojo Marketing. It’s a small space, but we immediately saw the potential. All of us felt like this was the correct place for us to grow the Indigo Art Collective.
The first thing we did was paint, paint, paint! We painted the walls, the ceiling, and had the idea to paint our exhibit wall indigo! It turns out that indigo is a pretty hard color to pin down exactly. Somewhere between navy and violet, sometimes it’s depicted on the blue scale, sometimes more towards the violet side of things. We ended up swatching the wall 3 different colors, mixing the colors together, and finally going with our first paint color. Always follow your instinct, right?! Kayley Quick painted our beautiful indigo plant mural.
Tiffany of Pink Lune was in the process of moving, so she donated some of her furniture that she refinished in our collective’s colors. She had a dresser from that 1940s that is now beautifully distressed and home to Jill San’s hand stamped dishcloths, some of Earth Lotus Arts pieces, and Etherea Jewelery’s earrings and necklaces. We wired an old framed box for lights and bolted it to the wall, and now it’s a gorgeous jewelry display! Kayley Quick’s prints are held in wire baskets that we found and repainted. The process is constantly growing and changing, so it’ll feel fresh every time you come in!
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Lucy, the author of this blog post works with fiber- yarn, string, and wool! You can find her online shop at www.earthlotusarts.etsy.com