Studio 1021; A Place Where Local Artists Shine and the Community Gets Creative

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EverythingLongBeach recently spoke with Sonia and Patrick Farrand, owner of Studio 1021, via email. They talked about inspirations, challenges and what’s it’s like having a business in 2nd District/ Broadway Corridor.

How long have you been in business?

In August 2009, Studio 1021 opened for our grand opening art show.  After a fabulous turnout of 150 people, we geared up for art classes.  November of 2009 marked the beginning of our art classes, and we look forward to expanding further!

Describe your business:

Studio 1021 is both an art gallery and a place to try your hand at making your own artwork during art workshops.  We hold weekly life drawing sessions, and offer workshops in ceramics, drawing, painting, and general art as well as kids’ arts classes.  We try to emphasize on giving local artists exposure at our gallery venue as well as fostering creativity within the community.

Why did you start Studio 1021?

We were inspired to start Studio 1021, because we are both artists themselves and wish to promote creativity within the Long Beach community.  Patrick specializes in painting, and has been working as an artist since 1991.  Sonia is a ceramic artist and also holds a B.A. in art history.  Together, we decided to open Studio 1021 to provide a venue for local artists to exhibit their work.   Through art classes and workshops, Studio 1021 gives everyone, from beginners to accomplished artists, an opportunity to practice and develop their skills.

What makes Studio 1021 stand out?

We are proud to acknowledge the unique talents of local artists and to give our visitors a refreshing alternative to the more pretentious art “scenes.”  At Studio 1021, we believe art is about spirit, and we want artistic passion and appreciation to permeate each class and event.  Unlike clothing or cars, the value of art is not determined by the brand or how much it costs; the value of art is purely determined by a connection to the artwork itself.

What is the biggest success Studio 1021 has had?

Our grand opening show in August 2009, was a fantastic success.  Despite the frenzy of renovating the venue in the weeks leading up to the show, it had a great turn-out of almost 200 people.  Truly, it was the culmination of much hard work and creative thinking.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

As two people who have had a love affair with art our entire lives, this is the most satisfying job we could wish for!  We love sharing great art in our shows, and it is equally thrilling to watch people come together to express themselves during art classes.

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Since Studio 1021 has just opened, our greatest challenge so far has been in spreading the word.  We’d like to shout it from the rooftops but, in reality, the marketing has not come as easily.  However, we have a lot of hope that word will spread quickly!

What unique talents do you bring to Studio 1021?

As a husband-and-wife team, we both bring different strengths to Studio 1021.  Both of us have been artists our entire lives; we started with colorful scribbles as children and fell in love with art.  Both of us are largely self-taught up until college, and, at that point, sought to augment our skills through college courses, apprenticeships, and workshops.  Patrick has painted a wide variety of styles: surrealism, realism, abstraction, portraits, landscapes, murals, and more.  Sonia has concentrated on both functional and sculptural ceramic art, though she is also an elementary school teacher with specializations in introductory art and art history.  While art is the common thread that ties it all together, we often wear many hats, which help us bring more to the table at Studio 1021.

How is Studio 1021 involved with the community?

Primarily, featuring local artists is our goal.  Many artists with fantastic talent lack a venue in which to showcase their work, and we hope to help them share their art with others.  Also, the Long Beach arts have made lengthy strides, but we still need more places where artists can meet together and share ideas.  Ultimately, most great art movements are generated from a close-knit community of artists, and we hope to facilitate these artistic networks within our Long Beach community.

Do you have any future plans for Studio 1021?

Studio 1021 will continue to expand the number of classes available each week, and the types of classes offered.  We want to listen to the needs of our guests and provide the classes and art shows that people want.

What is the best advice that you received and who did it come from?

David Galindo (owner of David Galindo Home on Broadway) is a personal friend and advised us:  “Just open.”  While small-business owners can inevitably think of a million things they need to do prior to opening the doors, there comes a time when you just have to take the leap!

One Last Thing:
We want to stay connected!  Please visit our website for more information, photos, class schedules, and upcoming art shows: .  Those who are interested in classes may want to join us on Meetup.com to receive up-to-the-minute updates, and find us on facebook.

Studio 1021 Details:

  • Address:  1021 E. Broadway Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Phone Number:  562-951-5698
  • Website:  www.studio1021.com

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