The History of NorthLight Studios
Wendy Whitson and her husband, John Davis, 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 has been a renovation of the downstairs location, to create new studio space for additional artists. It is now complete, and three new artists have moved in and are open for business.
The artists keep open hours during the week and on Saturdays, so please stop in. Visitors can now enter the front door, and actually navigate to the upstairs. Wendy's studio is open Fridays, 11-4 and Saturdays.
Many artists in the River Arts District open the doors to their studios. So please come, visit the artists, and have lunch at 12 Bones (M-F), Clingman Cafe, All Souls Pizza, White Duck Taco Shop, Nourish & Flourish, or Fresh West. It makes for a wonderful outing!