The studio is on the move! After 20+ years in Salem, the studio is moving to the artists building at historic Lydia Pinkham Laboratories. The move takes place in early December 2019. Located less than five miles from the prior location, on Western Ave in Lynn, MA, it is easily found on Route 107, with plenty of on-street parking. The new studio location will be in great company, surrounded by creative entrepreneurs and working artists. There is even a terrific organic cafe located on the ground floor.
Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs
The new studio is in a building filled with artists and creative entrepreneurs. Painters, photographers, ceramic artists, mixed media artists, jewelers, glass blowers, and many others. Creative small businesses to just name a few include… Talkie Records, a recording studio, Couture Planet, a uniquely up-cycled handbag company, and Uncommon Feasts, an organic cafe/caterer on the first floor.
Why did the studio relocate?
The building at Shetland Park changed ownership in May 2019, and my lease was up for renewal. The decision was made to relocate the studio and move to an artists building. While I will miss the Salem waterfront, I welcome the creative influences to come from a new and exciting environment. Official move-in date is the first week of December.
Lydia Pinkham Open Studios on November 23rd & 24th, 10-5
Even before I officially move into the building, I will be participating in the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios event on the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, on Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th. Please join us! I will be on the first floor in a shared space. To learn more about the event, hop on over to the website for the Lydia Pinkham Open Studios.
Who was Lydia Pinkham?
The history of this building is fascinating. Lydia Pinkham was one of the earliest American women entrepreneurs. She started her business in 1875 launching a medicinal potion to cure the ills of women’s monthly complaints. During the Victorian era when women rarely trusted their male doctors, women turned to domestic herbal remedies from their friends and neighbors. Her “vegetable compound” was created from a combination of herbal ingredients and 19% alcohol. Needless to say, the product succeeded and was privately manufactured long after Lydia’s death, until the company was sold in 1968. You can still buy the product in a modified form today on amazon.
Portrait bookings for the Holidays
There is still some limited opportunity for portraits before the holidays. While the move will limit how many sessions can be scheduled in late November and early December, the official move-in date is the first week of December, with the first bookings available on Saturday December 7th.
Bobbie Bush is a Massachusetts based portrait artist, with her studio located north of Boston in Lynn, MA, specializing in children and family portraits. Voted Best of Boston in 2017 by the Boston A-List. To learn more about her painted artwork and commissioned painted portraits, visit https://bostonportraitartist.com.