Colonial Folk Art Offers Studio Time to The Arc of Williamsburg

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Numerous artists in the community use Colonial Folk Art's studio space, which will now be open to clients of The Arc during select hours. (Courtesy Colonial Folk Art)
Numerous artists in the community use Colonial Folk Art’s studio space, which will now be open to clients of The Arc during select hours. (Courtesy Colonial Folk Art)

Colonial Folk Art Studio & Gallery will soon be opening up its studio space to The Arc of Greater Williamsburg.

For years, the Arc has offered open art studio space to its clients – children and adults with intellectual disabilities – but the organization recently lost access to the space that was previously used.

Colonial Folk Art heard about the loss of the space and stepped in to offer the use of its location for the Arc’s clients to continue to have access to open studio time and art instruction.

The Arc’s clients will be able to work on art projects and benefit from the use of equipment, facilities and collaboration in the studio.

Colonial Folk Art is donating all of the open studio time and occasional instruction from Beverly Burgdorf, co-owner and artist-in-residence of Colonial Folk Art.

“It’s just a no-brainer,” Burgdorf said. “Occasionally staying in the studio for a few extra hours and providing assistance, classes or collaboration for these worthy artists is worth every second.”

Because The Arc’s use of the studio will predominately be in the evening, it will not interfere with any ongoing art classes or open studio time at Colonial Folk Art.

The Arc artists will also have the opportunity to publicly sell and display their works at the monthly art fair hosted by Colonial Folk Art, “Art in the ‘Burg.”

“The intent of Art in the ‘Burg is all about getting art in the Arts District” said Art in the ‘Burg coordinator and Colonial Folk Art co-owner Davie Burgdorf. “We’ve always offered free participation in the fairs to art-related groups and organizations, and The Arc certainly qualifies.”

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