New Year – New Location

Studio 12 is moving to a new location! We will still be in Avon, just going down the street about a 1/2 mile across from the Avon Pier/Pangea Restaurant and in between Hatteras Island Board Sports and Surf or Sound Realty. The building we are moving into, the “pink building” has housed such busIMG_8634inesses as Taste Bud’s Cafe and Oceana’s Bistro. With thirty years of history has come what seems like at times, thirty years worth of renovation work!  It has been a huge undertaking.  Follow us along as we take you through the transformation process that is still underway with hopes of moving in this Spring for the 2016 season.

Step One:

When we acquired the building the first step was to clear away the growth of vines which included Virginia Creeper and unfIMG_8636ortunately, poison ivy.  Even with long sleeves and gloves, Gary and I both received some of the worst infections of poison ivy either of us have ever had. It was Just the first step of many in the DIY saga. We will spare you pictures of the poison ivy rashes on us!

Hurricane Irene had taken its toll on the building in 2011, resulting in roof damage and then building had been left vacant for several years. The gaping roof created severe water damage on the back south side, so the next step was replacing the roof and securing the inside from any further rain damage.  Building water damage backThe water damage proved to be more severe that we initialed realized and we had to replace the entire back wall due to rot.  Hmmm, that was not in the budget, but hey we were still very early into this project so our hopes were still high and our outlook positive!

Gary and I have only lived on Hatteras Island for 12 years but we know that the pink building has many memories for many people.  When we first moved to the Island and lived in an apartment in Avon I loved getting delicious egg and cheese biscuits from Taste Bud’s Cafe. What do you remember?

Tell us your memories of the “pink building”.  Which businesses do you remembering going to?  Please share in the comments section below!  And stayed tuned for our next blog post as when we take a look at the work on the inside.

 

 

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About Carolyn Schena

Studio 12 is a working studio and gallery owned and operated by husband and wife artists Gary and Carolyn Schena. The Schenas' art work includes pottery, glass fusion and mixed media. Located in Avon, North Carolina on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, studio 12 welcomes all ages to paint pottery, make mosaics or try glass fusion. The Studio 12 gallery is filled with hand Crafted American art with a focus on North Carolina Artists.

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