For the past year I have been lucky enough to have a small space at the wonderful Schoolhouse Studios in Abbotsford. This place has become so much more than just a studio, for so many people.
Two very talented ladies, Elizabeth Barnett and Alice Glenn, launched Schoolhouse in 2011, with the knowledge that the site would eventually be demolished to make way for a new townhouse development. Since then, many more people have come on board and contributed to the running of Schoolhouse, and it really has developed into a tight-knit community of creative folk. About two weeks ago, we got notice to vacate. It's a bittersweet ending, because although we all knew it was coming, I think in the back of our minds we had hoped that it wouldn't.
There will be a new premises for the community from Schoolhouse, but the site and the spaces that have become so much a part of our lives will soon disappear completely.