Here is the letter that I sent out to the artists and a supporters of LibertyTown. I have always called myself the accidental developer and I have been an even more reluctant administrator, so, as the song goes, “it’s been a long time comin’ but a change is gonna come…”
Twelve years ago I was looking for a new space to expand my tiny pottery school. It had never crossed my mind to start an art center, but the idea quickly took shape as I first looked through the glass front doors of the old plumbing supply building on Liberty Street. I was looking for 2,000 square feet – LibertyTown is more than 12,000 square feet. So, there was plenty of space for the school and a whole lot more!
With the financial support of 23 friends and supporters we built a school, a gallery and 30 studios for artists and craftspeople. Once the foundation was laid in the early 2000’s, it has been the collective efforts of all the artists and students and clients and visitors that quickly turned LibertyTown into an important community and cultural center. Our visitors often tell us how much they value us and the diversity and quality of our work. I’m not sure that I really knew what it was that I was beginning all those years ago, but I am very proud of what it has become.
Now it’s time for LibertyTown, Chapter 2! I will be selling the business as of July 15th, 2013 to D.D. and Kenneth Lecky, two great young supporters of ours who are very excited about the prospect of making us an even better place. I am pleased to able to return to my own studio work and I feel fortunate to have found such a fine pair to follow my lead. They are both artists themselves and also bring great business experience and enthusiasm.
This doesn’t mean that I’m going anywhere…I will continue to live in the same home, work in the same studio (out on Claremont Farm), keep the same cat and sell my work at LibertyTown. I like to think about it as moving to the other side of the counter, where Aline and Beth will continue to hold things together.
The Lecky’s do have some exciting ideas but don’t expect major changes – they have a good understanding of what makes us work and their aim is to improve on what we’ve got and add more layers to the mix. It is my hope that you will continue to be just as supportive of them as you have been of me.
Thanks as ever for your support,
|Beth and Aline, LibertyTown’s heart and soul!|
|the Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild|