Breaking my silence to finally be able to say…
My art barn is done.
It took, from concept to design to construction, two years. But it’s at long last complete (minus a backsplash and a chandelier, but hey, those aren’t necessarily requirements for making art).
There were some sizable setbacks, like the 6.0 Napa earthquake just two weeks after I closed on the property, and learning–after a soil test during pre-construction–that I needed to excavate thousands of tons of dirt and truck in engineered dirt that was more stable for a foundation. Tantamount to all of this was what I placed on myself: very high expectations. I have felt on shaky ground getting to this point, consistently asking myself, did I take on too much?
Upon reflection, all of those mornings over the past two years calculating every construction cost; waking to the skull-rattling sound of hammering and sawing on the hill; watching (and worrying) as construction workers balanced themselves on narrow wooden beams 30’+ above ground; and the rare, startling occurrences like the emergency landing of a hot air balloon have all collectively been the key part of the journey. Building anything is risky, but the exhilaration during the process and at the end is heady stuff!
I am looking forward to hosting small art gatherings here as well as a few offsite workshops during Craft Napa, but as my office is headquartered in the loft, I’m eager to execute other ventures too.
For the moment, though, I am pretty happy that the building part is finally behind me.
Congratulations on a job well done! It is beautiful and sure to inspire lots of creativity and fun.
Thanks, Judy! Come back down and let’s make prayer flags and pizzas! 🙂
Congratulations on realizing your dream.
Congratulations – so excited for you. Miss you at Quilt Festival, but know you are following your heart. Perhaps I will se you at Craft Napa one year!
Sounds good, Bev! Come to Napa!
Congratulations!! Your doggies are adorable. Mine are so senior they can’t be boarded so it will be a while before I can make it over to Napa. Anything overnight is out of the question right now. Don’t know/trust anyone who can stay with blind/deaf 17 year old cattle dog. But, someday, I will get over to see your place and participate in classes, etc. That you had a vision and saw it through is pretty incredible and very inspiring. I live in an old track house and have to budget for even the smallest improvements and necessities so I know all too well about trying to make the money stretch. Have a wonderful day. Patricia in Santa Rosa
We will get you here some day! Thank you for your comments, Patricia. Hope your pup is comfortable…
Congratulations! It looks stunning. I hope I guet the chance to experience classes or any other creative and crazy ideas you have at the barn some day!
Hope to meet you here some day!
Looking forward to Craft Napa and seeing your beautiful completed Art Barn. Can’t wait!
Awesome, looking forward to seeing you!
Congratulations Pokey! What a journey it’s been. I hope to see it in person some day. In the meantime, enjoy your creative days at the barn. All the best,
Thank you, Ana! Hope to see you soon…would love to see you soon and catch up!
Congratulations! I too, can hardly wait to experience classes in your Art Barn. So very glad you persevered through the whole thing.
So happy for you. I can’t imagine that it will be anything but a huge success and bring lots and lots of joy.
Here’s hoping! Thank you, Regina!
Bravo! Looks like a beautiful, wonderful space.
Thank you, Barbara!
Congratulations! Your place looks like Disneyland for the creative!
Well, I was trying for Disney WORLD but I’ll take Disneyland. 😉 Miss you!
Looks great!!!!! Hope to teach there someday!
So thrilled to hear you pronounce it complete. Your journey has been such an inspiration. Well done, Pokey. Well done.
Thank you, Rachel. So glad you are coming back. 🙂
Awesome, awesome, awesome. As my Mom used to say, “Anything worthwhile is worth waiting for.” And this is beyond worth!
Congratulations, Pokey! Hope you are a success with this endeavor too.
Thank you, Karen!
Congratulations!! Really good things always stand the test of time and endurance!!
Now onward and upward!!!
Let the creativity begin with bursting!!
Still quilting the Easy way!
Thank you, Sharon!
Congratulations Pokey! I know you have worked hard to reach this point. I hope to attend Craft Napa in the future. best regards, Kathryn
Thank you, Kathryn! Hope you can come visit some day!
How exciting. I saw it when I was at Craft Napa and it was beautiful!
oh my goodness!! How spectacular!! It looks worth every bit of effort 🙂 Best wishes for your adventures, I know you’ll soar!!
Congratulations! How wonderful…my very best wishes for future excitement at The Barn….lots of workshops for all of us and I look forward to joining you and many others playing in The Barn!
Congratulations, I hope someday to get to come to Craft Napa, looks like a lot of fun.
Congratulations! Looks great. Gale from the Pointless Sisters
Congratulations Pokey! What a wonderful feeling to see it through to the finish line. I built a studio 8 years ago and remember well that excitement and sigh of relief when it was done. I hope to take a workshop there one of these days. I love what you are doing now and I was a big fan of your shows! I never had a TV but would purchase them online. Thank You for continuing your art journey and for sharing it with all of us! You are the best!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Lela!
Congratulations, Pokey! It’s always nice to see a dream come true. Karey Bresenhan
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Thanks so much, Karey! Hope to see you in Houston this fall!
Pokey! You are an amazing individual! What you have accomplished will be a wonderful addition to the art world! Bravo, old friend!
Hi Sean, long time no chat! You and your family look great! Thanks for the kind words. 😉
Congratulations Pokey! Your accomplishments are a true inspiration!!!
Wow, I’m jealous! I get way more excited about a great work space than I do about a house any day. I love that it’s SO SPACIOUS!! OMG up here in Seattle every square inch is fought over. I actually pay for 5 little studio spaces in the ActivSpace facility. Expensive., And my living space is microscopic. … I really like the garage door on your place;. I’ve noticed some of my favorite restaurants up here have in common a well placed garage door that can be opened on nice days, (at least one of them used to be an auto repair garage) and it’s instantly an indoor-outdoor cafe! Love it! If i ever get organized enough and stop spending all my money on guitars and tubas, it would be amazing to manifest a work space like that. (that i can fill with musical instruments, of course!). I’d be happy with a fraction of that!…and i could live in one corner. It’s very inspiring to me to hear a story like yours where the person has a long term large vision that they actually find a way to make it happen. ..and it will be a place where you can do your art and have friends over…and just be a artistic happening that will spin out good stuff to the people all around. Your garage is gorgeous; Stupendous!!! Congratulations on making your artistic vision a reality!!!! It’s very inspiring. Good for you, Pokey! ‘Tuba’ Jim Parfitt in Seattle
Congratulations on achieving your dream. You continue to be an amazing inspiration to me and to so many other artists. Hugs to you for your example of perseverance and resilience.
It’s a space filled with dreams and possibilities! Perfect and in a beautiful place. I’d love to come for a workshop or retreat. Napa is such a peaceful place. Congratulations on a huge accomplishment.
Looks amazing! Congratulations.
And big congratulations on the publishing house as well. Welcome to your new life.