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Spokane . They were able to purchase the building a year before COVID shut us all down . “ We didn ’ t realize what a huge impact having a permanent home would have on our business ,” Ben confessed .” “ There was always a bit of restraint on the work I could produce . We are now able to let go of the hesitation , inhibitions , and the insecurities that come with being just a tenant in a space . I feel I can really let loose now that we have the luxury of growing roots in our place of choice .”
The new Ben Joyce Gallery and Studio is 7,000 square feet of confident and creative industrial warehouse , with a customized gallery storefront and specific workspaces to complete Ben ’ s projects — projects that have always taken more than just his creative talents to complete . From the time Ben experienced his lightening rod of a concept that changed his path forever , his younger brother Jason has engaged in the dream and committed to seeing it come to fruition right along with him . While Jason ’ s title is general manager , Ben confesses , “ He helps with every aspect of the business . He does everything : IT , lighting , cutting out the wood for the pieces I create , managing projects and itineraries , you name it .” The new studio also boasts a new team member — Gallery Director Liz Willard .
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The new studio and gallery demonstrate both Ben ’ s maturation as an artist and a realization that this crazy idea of abstract topophilia has reached its own maturity . Ben ’ s growth embraces innovation that he is excited to explore . His confidence and passion are palpable and his energy for connecting with clients , gleaning the story of place from those who have commissioned him , is as fresh as ever . “ Listening to a client voice their love of place , engaging with them in the portrayal , and living vicariously through them to achieve the final goal is unique every single time .” Ben values the deep connection he makes with clients , who painterofplace . com
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