Monday, April 29, 2013

Exciting Announcement: My New Art Studio At The Banana Factory

I'm thrilled to announce that I am a new resident artist at Bethlehem PA's Banana Factory!

Located in the south side of Bethlehem at 25 W 3rd St. in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, the
 Banana Factory Arts Center is a visual arts & education campus run by ArtsQuest that features over 30 resident artists who have studios in the building. The building is also
home to three award winning art galleries and features a ceramics studio, the ArtsQuest 
Glass Studio, and the Olympus Digital Imaging Center. Just minutes from Steel Stacks 
and Sands Casino, the Banana Factory is a true gem of Pennsylvania art and culture! 

And yes, it actually was once a banana distribution center, in case you were 
curious about the name...

Even more exciting: First Fridays at the Banana Factory

On the first Friday of every month from 6 pm to 9 pm the Banana Factory and South Bethlehem come alive for a community celebration where local merchants, galleries 
and restaurants open their doors to celebrate Bethlehem's awesome community. During
First Friday inside the Banana Factory, all of the resident artists open their doors to their 
studios to the public and you can stop in and say hello, as well as view and purchase 
wonderful artwork. This coming Friday (May 3, 2013) will be my very first First Friday
as an artist in residence at the Banana Factory, so if you are around town, stop in 
and say hi!

My New Studio - First Floor, room VA-A

Here's a sneak peek at my new space, which I am filling up as we speak!
I love the two large windows...and there's plenty of room for me to teach 
all kinds of workshops right in the studio, which is an added bonus!

I've already started moving in, though it is a little bare right now because I am in the 
process of packing up all of my tools and getting ready to ship them out to Cincinnati, 
Ohio for a week-long photo shoot for my new jewelry instruction book, but I will have the 
space filled up soon enough! I hope one day you will have a chance to stop in on a First 
Friday and say hello, or perhaps take a workshop! 

What do you think?

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at


  1. How exciting! Wishing you much luck in your new venture

  2. I think this is wonderful news for someone whose talents ooze off the "pages" of your blog. So happy for you and going to MapQuest where you are in relationship to Pittsburgh, where I have family.
    Best of luck with all of your exciting studio and book ventures. Art and creativity are where it's at!

    1. Thanks! Bethlehem is in the Lehigh Valley, on the East coast of PA, quite a ways from Pittsburgh!

  3. Congratualtions, that is really exciting news! Stopping by from the Etsy Blog Team :)

  4. Let me Welcome you, early, to Cincinnati. Where are you shooting? While you are here, you must visit Jungle Jim's and try Graeter's Ice Cream and Skyline Chili.


    1. Thanks Rebecca! The photoshoot is at F&W Media's in house photography studio, which is in Blue Ash. Hopefully I will have time to visit and try the things you suggested!

  5. Wonderful, congratulations!
    Love the space, the windows, and the fact that is called Banana Factory... How many of us get to say "I'm off to the banana factory" regularly?

  6. Congratulations!! How wonderful, I love your space :)

  7. Just saw this after commenting on the plate post! How exciting! I may have to stop by! I've never been to the First Friday's that they have!

  8. That is awesome news. I hope you share pics of your studio when it's all done.