The History of NorthLight Studios
Wendy Whitson and her husband, John Davis, shared a dream of studio space for working artists. They wanted a place where artists could interact together and also with the public, who would pass through the studio and see work in progress.
With the passing of Wendy in November 2021, John continues to support the original dream, and NorthLight Studios is shared with working artists and open to the public.
They purchased the building in April of 2011. Upon researching they discovered it was originally a tannery (salt-curing) facility, circa 1904. The upstairs space was the office, and has the original tile floor, moldings, doors, and even some painted graphics on a brick wall. The street level was the actual tannery, and hides were loaded directly into rail cars from the rear of the building.
The summer of 2015 was a renovation of the downstairs location, to create new studio space for additional artists. It was more a de-construction than
construction, as the office-y cubicles, dropped ceiling and carpet were eliminated and taken back to the concrete floor and original ceiling height. What has evolved is an open studio plan for three artists on the lower level.
357 Depot Street