Art loft sign

A sign for Astoria Art Loft sits beside dried flowers.

With a rotating series of classes, workshops and events in addition to a dedicated studio space, Astoria Art Loft aims to inspire a collaborative approach to creating and sharing artwork.

“It’s a labor of love and we are committed to providing a space where artists and emerging artists can create, learn, support and be supported by other artists,” Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, co-owner of the Art Loft, said. “We hope we have created a warm, welcoming art home.”

Pomeroy-Crockett and fellow owner Jeanette Davis, artists themselves, aim to foster that creative potential.

The pair’s studio space opened in 2015 and has since grown to offer themed monthly art exhibits, classes, workshops and collaborations. The space’s Saturday Art Experience for children, art book lending library and storage area add to the mix. The loft offers 10 art studio spaces for rent including a space for resident artists to create with access to the facility. The loft also offers artwork, cards, prints, jewelry and framing services.

The loft’s location directly above an art store creates a symbiotic relationship. “Classes and workshops grow out of people’s requests for instruction,” Pomeroy-Crockett said.

Davis and Pomeroy-Crockett

Jeannette Davis, left, and Jo Pomeroy-Crockett are the artists behind a unique Astoria makerspace.

When the downtown space, formerly housing an upholstery business, became available, Pomeroy-Crockett was the first to imagine its possibility as a makerspace. “Since we were already artists and friends, the two of us founded the Astoria Art Loft,” Davis said.

Outside of managing the space, the pair draw, collage, paint and create multimedia art pieces. Pomeroy-Crockett’s specialty is watercolor painting, while Davis prefers acrylic. Both also teach classes within the space.

Astoria Art Loft gallery wall

A gallery wall at Astoria Art Loft.

Now the loft is gearing up for one of its most anticipated events. The annual Astoria Open Studios Tour, hosted in conjunction with Astoria Visual Arts, will take place later this month.

“We enjoy a warm relationship with the other art groups on the North Coast and like to collaborate with many artists,” Davis said. “We are also supportive and grateful for the other local art galleries which contribute so much to the art community.” Besides collaborations, the owners appreciate the importance of meeting locals and visitors. “There is no substitute for working with an individual instructor and other artists,” Davis said.

Art loft bookshelf

A lending library at Astoria Art Loft.

The following classes are on their docket: Chinese Brush Painting class with Tom Grogg, a watercolor workshop with Mick McAndrews, Calligraphy class, a marbling class, Saturday Art Adventures and curated gallery exhibits.

Davis and Pomeroy-Crockett don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. “Because we love art and enjoy people, the Astoria Art Loft doesn’t feel like work,” Davis said.

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