The Woodson Art Museum has a new addition to its campus perched along North 12th Street. You might think it’s a birdhouse; it’s not, yet it does have roosts and portals to peek through and discover surprises inside. Although not a library, it does contain books ready for you to read or ideas to inspire a new creation. It’s the Stop-by Studio, filled with free Art Kits and books for all to keep or share.
As if preparing a guesthouse, Museum staff worked diligently to guarantee our Stop-by Studio “guests” experience comfort and amenities that would rival any bed and breakfast. They created a patina on the copper roof, overlapped cedar shingles, and tiled each room differently with painted walls to match. This quaint abode is ready to keep Art Kits and books cozy while awaiting pickup during the winter months ahead.
Already, our first Art Kit “guests” report that they are enjoying their stay in this little dwelling. One Art Kit – featuring birds to collage in the style of Mark Eberhard’s In Mary’s Memory – divulged that it favors the top room because of the stunning floor-to-ceiling view. Meanwhile another Art Kit – featuring Andrew Haslen’s Spring, ready to paint with bright watercolors – delightfully reviewed that the room with periwinkle walls and three magnified-glass windows kindle creativity. All “guests” enjoy unwinding at the end of a long day with a sunset view from the copper roof overlooking the Museum’s Sculpture Garden.
As much as the Art Kits are enjoying their Stop-by Studio stay, they’d love nothing more than to go home with you. The Stop-by Studio is ready for you to open its doors at any time. Before selecting an Art Kit or book to take home, peer into the rooms to decide which one you’d choose to stay in if you were an Art Kit.
The Art Kits are available for all to keep or share with others. Enjoy a little time making or appreciating art in your day no matter where you stay.
P.S. Please also consider sharing images of your creations on social media, include #WoodsonArtMuseum.