As an artist who has gallery space there seems to be some confusion at times. Is my space an art gallery or an art studio? And more importantly, does it matter? Well, “it depends” is likely the best answer. Both spaces have art and both spaces will often have art on show and for sale. So what is the difference between them then? Here is how I view the distinction.
An art gallery space most often separates the art from the process of its creation. The work is lifted out of its creative context and is left naked and bare in a room to stand on its own with minimal distraction or reference to its origin.
An art studio space is one of the central working areas of the artist. There are completed paintings, work-in-progress, art materials and blank canvases in orderly and often disorderly arrangements. It is primarily a place for creative work!
In each of these kinds of spaces, there may possibly be times where an area is reserved for the activity of the other. For example, an art gallery might have an artist in for a live painting session. Or a portion of a studio might have a show room or gallery space. At no time though is the function of a space about the its size or the fact that it is the space of a curator or gallery owner or that of an artist. The distinction is all about what happens within the space. And an art gift shop is yet again a specific use of a space that can have art in it, just to muddy the distinctions even further.
Why, you might ask, am I taking the time to observe and describe these functional space distinctions? Well, because very shortly the Terrill Welch Gallery will provide public access to all three of these different kinds of spaces.
My artist home art studio is indeed in our home with all of the contextual clutter one might expect in a space that supports the creation of 30 - 40 paintings a year. This space and our home is open by appointment and which is best made at least one day before your desired time to come by and visit. That said, impromptu visits can still sometimes be accommodated.
The Terrill Welch Gallery Pod is going to arrive about the middle of August 2022 and will be a dedicated gallery space where no easel, palettes or brush will cross the threshold except for display purposes. This space will have seasonal open hours and also be available to view year round by appointment. It has been designed to be physically accessible and to have great ventilation. The gallery is of modest size and will be open for self guided access and browsing is encouraged.
Then there is our ISLAND TIME ART room which is a new Terrill Welch Gallery adventure that is a small show and gift shop space with both smaller original art and usable art products such as totes, aprons, mugs, backpacks, journals and greeting cards. It is a space where I curate shows displaying the work of other artists along with my own. This space has generous open hours as it is hosted within the Dragonfly Gallery where Vania is able to accept payment for your purchases. No appointment is required. You are most welcome to drop by on a whim or just to browse or you can contact me to meet you there if you wish a personal tour.
So there you have it! In the end though, it won’t matter if you call one space by the name of another, I am always happy to satisfy your passion for viewing art in any of these spaces.
Location, location, location! They are all on Mayne Island and located as follows:
Terrill Welch Artist Home Studio - 428 Luff Rd. Open by appointment.
Terrill Welch Gallery Pod - 428 Luff Rd. Opening late August 2022 with drop in hours to be announced and by appointment all year around.
ISLAND TIME ART - 492 Dalton Drive. Open the same hours as Dragonfly Gallery 10-5 Wednesday through Monday and closed Tuesday. No appointment is required and drop in browsing is most welcome.