I bought this building in 1993 with my husband Arnt Arntzen (www.arntarntzen.com) and own it with another couple. In the city of Vancouver, BC, it is hard to have studio stability with buildings being renovated, torn down or rents going up so both Arnt and I are very fortunate to own ours. We also have a space we rent to four lovely and talented artists.
Arnt and I were also involved in helping to create 2 other artists buildings in the late 80's/early 90's in Vancouver and they are still used by artists. One is also home to the Franc Gallery and the other runs White Monkey.
My studio is just over 500 square feet and I share it with Sharon Petty www.ampstudio.ca who is a photographer and mixed media artist.
I try to use my space as much as I can with artists get togethers, art nights and open studio events which include www.firstsaturday.ca with over 65 artists opening their working studios and www.culturecrawl.ca. AMP Studios' community mandate is to reach out to east van artists and our two storefront windows to reach out to the public. Starting in 2015 we have been showcasing artists each month, exhibiting everything from photography, assemblage and mixed media to studio furniture and installations.