Hugi-Lewis Studio - Anchorage, AK
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The following write up is an excerpt of a previous article published 7/2012. The article can be found it int's entirety at entrepreneuralaska.com by clicking here
Artist Margret Hugi-Lewis has been making art for 58 years. Born in Switzerland to a mother who was very supportive of her creative efforts, Margret knew from a young age she wanted to be an artist. After graduating from the Basel School of Design, she moved to the famous Dadaist art village, Ein-Hod in Israel where she lived for 24 years, showing in group shows and developing herself as an artist. After leaving Israel, Margret had a brief stay in San Francisco, before finding herself in Alaska, where she has resided ever since.
Initially Margrets studio was out of her own home. But it was always a dream of her and her husband Rod to own their own gallery.
When you have the studio at home, discipline suffers. There are always distractions. The wash, the dishes. You cannot bring clients home. You have to show somewhere else, she said.
Margret feels that collectors and clients dont take you as seriously if you have your studio at home. Having a professional studio separates the amateurs from the professionals.
Bringing Art to Spenard
Two years ago, Margret and Rod bought their dream space across from Spenard Roadhouse. Margret fell in love with the high ceilings, and knew she could make this store-front into a great gallery. Formerly the Socker Locker, the space needed a lot of renovation before it would be ready to facilitate an art gallery and studio space. First they had to rip out the carpet and take out the slatted walls for displaying products. They had to paint and figure out ways to access the height of the ceilings. Hard work prevailed, and today Margret is thrilled to be part of the Spenard community, where she feels the art scene is growing and thriving.
The Spenard Chamber of Commerce is developing its own Midtown Art Walk, and the proximity of several other artists and restaurants supports the growing art community.
The city cannot control where art goes. You cannot force a thing like this. You have to have a few artists that come in, and start the community, and the rest grows from there, Margret said.
Monday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm