It has been a pretty emotional time. I have had a lot of positive comments, gifts, help, love, support, encouragement. Many things have flooded my heart, my world, and life.
For five years I worked very hard to develop the gallery. And now I have been working on moving forward.
There are unknown individuals who are happy to see me get closed. It is very clear that I upset more than a few individuals with my activities.
My current location is now closed. Yes. One step back... two steps forward.
I will continue to move forward. This is a set back. Life is like chess sometimes. Black and White movements. Black and White Posters.
Stage One: Convert the gallery my home Hinchey property into a duplex (currently working on this). That way I can generate some income from this 3700 square foot house. So my monthly expenses are greatly lowered. And later it will become a duplex rental income property.
Stage Two: The gallery / home property is a double lot. It is lot 144 and lot 145.
So one of the two lots is already listed on MLS. When it sells... I will have the some funds to invest in a new location.
Stage Three: Once the renovations on the gallery are complete... it is already rented for September 1st. I just have to finish a few weeks of renovations...Then I will take some time to relax. Focus on life, my daughter, my painting, and focus on calm. Isabelle and I will continue to live upstairs in the Hinchey Property. So that she can have some stability. Stay in her school.
Stage Four: I have over a thousand paintings in storage. For ten years I have only approached two art galleries. So it is time to approach some galleries in other cities. For such a long time all my energy was directed on developing the gallery. Now it is time to develop relationships with galleries to show my work. I am excited about this. After all I have a massive body of work to show and sell.
Stage Five: When the Lot 145 sells. All properties sell... it is just a question of time. I will have some money to explore options. See what is available. If I need more funds. I will consider selling the other property I own down the street. The crack house I renovated / triplex investment property. I would wish to hold back on this...And keep this investment property. But if needed I will consider selling it.
Another Option: Isabelle and I could move out of our current home and rent another location. Then I would have 5 rental incomes. I do not have to purchase the next location.
Stage Six: In the Fall... start doing research. Brain storming locations, options, business models, churches. Sustainable options to operating a new art space. Get help from skilled, helpful individuals to gain protection... to avoid future problems.
Stage Seven: always keep painting. Loving, Living Art.
Inshort.... Things are moving forward. And in the future I will have another location. A better location. I have the resources, funds, friends, relationships, artists, marketing, branding, successful format of events to make the future a dream. It will take some time. Dream Dreams.
I look at the last five years as a gift. I was able to push things forward in a creative, real, true vision. I did not have to worry about money / commercial taxes / it was fun. An experiment. A cheap way to learn how to develop a business. And ultimately the success of the vision... too many people participating in the dream is why I was forced to close by the City. I do not know very many art galleries that can say that they were forced to close because they were too successful. Smile.
So for a while the Unknown Cowards that are happy I am currently closed... Eat Sleep Shit Live breathe cry Love Fuck dream Kiss ART....
Live, Love ART.