Call For Artists!

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Hello local artists! We want you to show off your awesome work!

We have an awesome 10 foot by 10 foot display window at the front corner of our store. It is our goal to use this to display the work of an eclectic assortment of creative people.

What is the space?

The retail display window is approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. It includes a back wall with a doorway for access and full glass windows on three sides. It is regularly driven by on both The Boulevard and Irving Street. It is in high sun and does have significant changes in temperature, so bear that in mind when thinking of what you want to display.

What can I display here?

Almost anything you want! Want to make a big installation piece? Sure! Want to sell things from our window? We can help with that. Want to suspend things from the ceiling? As long as it’s nothing really heavy, go right ahead! Want to paint the room itself? As long as it is returned to neutral at the end of the month, have fun!

What’s the catch?

Minimal catches, we promise! Each artist will have the space for one month. You must install your work within the first week of the month, keep your work up for as much of the month as possible, and clean out the window and return it to neutral by the end of the month. If you let Wyrd Armouries make any sales for you, we will collect 25% commission on those sales.

In return, we will promote you and your window in our social media, and have your contact info of your choice easily at hand for anyone who sees your work.

What do I need to do to display my work?

Simple answer? Send us an email at wyrdarmouries@gmail.com ! Please include the following things in your email:

  • Your name and contact info
  • An artist statement or artist bio
  • Photo examples of your work
  • A proposal of what you would like to display
  • Your top three choices of what month you would like to display your work.

Availability:

Please note that in October and December Wyrd Armouries decorates this window for the holidays. These months are not available.

Currently available are:

  • January 2020
  • February 2020
  • March 2020
  • April 2020
  • May 2020
  • June 2020
  • August 2020
  • September 2020
  • November 2020

Progress! Update on our Studio Renovations

I promised updates, and what do you know – things are starting to look up on our building renovations! Mind you, it looks worse before it looks better, but we actually have work happening on our roof!

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Removing the tin tile on the last section of ceiling of the main room, revealing old construction techniques and awesome huge beams.
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A bit more tear out – bad wood removed and ready for repair.
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Back room, our big project! Tearing out the old rotted flat roof.

Yeah, it looks ugly now. But not too much longer and we’ll no longer have rain inside!

Next step… fixing water damaged floors, and then we can start building out our work stations!

Halloween 2018 – Our First Haunted House!

If you didn’t already know, I am a massive Halloween nut. It is my favorite holiday, and I have bins and bins of decorations. Now that we are making the move into prop rental, a lot of my decorations and props are now property of the shop.

So, as we wanted to show off what we do and make, the old/new theater space, and show there’s some life on The Boulevard, we threw our first public haunted house this year!

I unfortunately didn’t get pictures when the lights and everything were set, but here – enjoy Jac’s welcome we made as a promo!



And here’s some stills we took during shut down – plus our awesome cast and crew on Halloween night!

The Other Stores – More News from The Boulevard

So, continuing down the list of updates from 2018, here’s our two sibling businesses, and a short tale of how they came to be! (Seriously, we were not planning on three storefronts in one year. That’s crazy talk.)

In April I made the move to officially live in Eden most of the time. We had met one of the local building owners, and when asked what homes were for rent near the studio… well, there literally was one across the street. Cute little old yellow house, 2-3 bedrooms depending on how you set it up, entertainingly crooked with age. It was actually a lunch room in the 60s, with living areas above.

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(There it is, before it was painted yellow, with the theater next door on fire.)

So, I happily moved in and starting setting it up to suit me. So, see that picture above? Some point after the theater burned down, the local post office was built on that spot. Our local post office is now much bigger and in a different part of town, and by the time I moved in a small church was using that building.

About the churches… Eden has a ridiculous statistic with its high concentration of churches. The Boulevard is not that big a commercial street, but it has Eden Baptist on one end and Shaw Christian Church on the other, plus it had this small church in the middle.

A couple months after I moved in, the little church moved out. At which point Nathaniel jumped on the property, because he had ideas. The plan? The Olde Post Office Theater and Game Parlor. Getting it off the ground has been a bit of slow going with everything else we are up to, but we were able to do one awesome thing with it – This year, Wyrd Armouries sponsored/threw our very first haunted house!

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Our awesome haunted house cast!

More on the haunted house in my next blog post, because hey, it was awesome and deserves its own highlight!

Also in October, the little crooked yellow house got its new storefront addition. See, living on the street that we are trying to help revitalize, I felt a little guilty that this adorable building was now just a home. But it did have two entrances, and the front one goes into a room that can be easily closed off from the rest of the house.

I repainted that room and used it a couple of times in the summer as a pop-up gallery of our work, since the studio could not be opened to the public yet. But by October I made it into its own thing. So, now the little yellow building is home to Crooked Treehouse Enchanting Gifts, my own little hole-in-the-wall witchy shop.

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Front stoop of the witchy shop

That store is now open in the evenings, and the Old Post Office is working on launching. If all goes well, that will we an improv and gaming space, as well as a space where we can teach classes and throw events that show off what Wyrd Armouries can do.

So thank you to The Boulevard for giving us a new home, and don’t mind us as we take over this little corner of it!