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The Someville, MA artists studios sounds most stimulating and I
share your excitement. There's a lot of potential in what you
describe. And it sounds as if its off to a roaring good start.
Many years ago, the factory buildings for the out of business
Erector Toy Co were turned into artist studios. There were 100
rentals in the Erector Square complex in New Haven, CT. Huge tall
windows, incredible light, large open studio spaces. I rented one of
them and found it special. The management at that time kept a gallery
space for shows and openings and once a year they held artists open
house and it was fun to see the other spaces and what was going on
behind other closed doors. I have no idea what is happening there now
as I left almost three decades ago.
There are quite a few of these renovated factory buildings in the
Northeast that has energized the artist communities. It is difficult
to find space where welding gases are permitted and zoning allows
the artist to work down and dirty.