The minute we walked into our space at 28 North Maple Street in Florence, MA - we were smitten. 15 foot (give or take) ceilings, exposed bricks and beams, huge windows, charm and space galore! We immediately started to envision the events we would host, the art we would hang, and the furniture we would buy to compliment the space. We loved that the space was adjacent to two fabulous antique stores, Artifacts 20th Century and John Hunt Marshall III Antiques. Who better to share a space with our real estate agency than 2 stores that sell fabulous furniture and antiques? We knew we had found our home!
We were so excited when Donnabelle Casis asked us to be a part of (First) Florence (Arts) Night Out last month. Right away we reached out to some of our favorite local artists to see about hanging their artwork here for our artist's reception and open house. Katy Schneider, Dave Gloman, Tom Martin, Barbara Neulinger, Robbie Heidinger, Robert Young and Ann Lewis were all generous enough to grace our white walls with their beautiful artwork. Florence had a huge turn out, and our space was packed!
We realize that this can be a win-win situation for all involved. Artists have a non-galleryesque relationship with us, we get to hang beautiful artwork on our walls (which just adds to the ambience of our space, making it a place where we want to be), clients who are looking to buy or sell houses in the Northampton MA area have the benefit of seeing artwork that they might want to purchase and hang on their own walls. To this end, we are committed to keeping a rotation of local artwork on display at Maple and Main Realty.
This week, we have added the artwork of Ashfield MA artist, Marcine Appel. These mixed media works (collage and oil paint) were inspired by some time she spent in Spain recently. I love sitting at my desk and admiring them.
We look forward to the next Florence Night Out in May 2014! Stay tuned.