This summer is BUSY at the 4th Street Studios! The “Studios” include an art studio, a barn and a greenhouse. We are getting construction done before the snow falls, beginning new science, art and gardening collaborations that are community based, and having fun hosting children groups (and even traveling) so we can experience art and science with communities.
We look forward to opening up the barn and the greenhouse for a fall open house and begin planting a fall garden! We want this place to be for community as much as possible, so if you want to come play or enjoy art or garden workshop/events, let us know!
Check out our Art on Demand Menu for 24/7 art options for community! Glass fusing and more.
Summer at the 4th Street Studios will be a big one!
I’ve loved remodeling houses and designing unique features. In 2002 after living in France, we bought a house and I expanded my love for architecture and design by completely remodeling our house and adding a studio/workshop and 1,000 square feet of living space. Learning about tile, stucco, wall texture and concrete was so much fun!
Since then, I have remodeled and designed commercial and residential properties for others but mainly for our own properties. (www.MyAirbnb.blog) Most houses we have kept and rent them to short term guests that visit Laramie, Steamboat Springs and Austin, Texas. My husband, David, has an eye for finding houses that are solidly built. Together we come up with concepts and the personality of the houses and then I get to work with the design and bringing in the electricians, plumbers and framers to help out. We do the rest!
Some of our work. Stained concrete floors and stucco exterior texture.
Through time, design, hosting guests and construction have become my full time job and I love it. We use recycled materials in all of our projects especially doors and bathroom fixtures and lighting when possible.
After purchasing this historic property in the fall of 2017, we’ve been finishing up work on other properties in Steamboat Springs and Austin Texas. Now that we’ve got those properties where we want them, we are focusing on bringing this unique and historic property back to life!
We have enjoyed opening the studio to the public for workshops, an art exhibit and for jewelry and sculpture retail sales. Jeff, the studio manager, has been busy painting and working on much needed TLC around the property.
We are bringing some features back to the house from 1915 by bringing back a claw foot tub, restoring all of the light fixtures, refinishing all of the wood floors and restoring the boiler heating system.
The barn has rotten wood and some awesome wood so we are reinforcing the entire building and then reusing original barn wood where we can and adding back electricity and insulation/heating to the barn for year round access. This barn is a gem that was ignored and not seen as having any value but we are so excited to bring it back to life!
The greenhouse is amazing and we look forward to spending time and having guests over to enjoy this place all winter.
Give us some time and be patient as we work on this gem. Enjoy making art when you can (see the Art on Demand Menu) and look for updates on our progress. We look forward to sharing the property and hosting fun events in the future.
4th Street Studios is a working studio and the home of René Williams Art and Science Loves Art. Metalsmithing, glass fusing, enamel, painting, concrete casting and all kinds of mixed media art is going on all of the time. Usually, René is inspired by her connection to houses as a builder and designer or by the natural world, big and small.
Read more about the vision of the Studios as we remodel the barn and the greenhouse for more options for the public to enjoy art (woodworking, welding, concrete).
For now, glass fusing and paper marbling are the main activities offered to the public at the studios. We’ve got a vinyl record player creating fun music that inspires our artwork! The new studio microscope is always a hit for micro art inspiration as we focus on textures, patterns, colors and think about composition of our work compared to the organic patterns of nature.
Get signed up for an Art Party and learn the basics of glass fusing so you can enjoy even more art during Open Studio times.
Our event schedule is always being updated on our FB Events page, and also on this website on the Art Party tab.
Want to rent the studio for your own intimate get together or organize your own private art party? Use the contact us form or message us on FB.
We look forward to bringing art and curiosity to the community as another maker space in Laramie.
This historic property with a house, barn, greenhouse and studio was originally owned by a sheep rancher and his wife. The current “studio” was originally Laramie Florist built in 1945. Like us on Facebook and follow us in Instagram to keep up with what is going on.