Shortly after Danielle and I moved to Flagstaff, we went out on the town to see some art galleries. We ended up south of the tracks at this place called, The Pike. We fell in love with it instantly. It's this beautifully rough space, with bare wall boards, high wood-beamed ceilings and incredible warmth. Standing outside on the patio we ended up talking to the woman who owned it and she told us about it's history. The street that it's on is called Mike's Pike and it used to be part of the historic Route 66. The gallery itself used to be a service station where travelers would fill up their tanks and have their radiators repaired. She told us about the old structures out back where people traveling on Route 66 would shower and camp before moving on. It is a really interesting place, rich with history and I'll never forget the first time we visited The Pike.
Which brings me to the reason why I'm writing about The Pike. We Are William is going to be located at The Pike for the foreseeable future (translation: at least until the owners return from a 10 month around the world). We are super excited to be able to use this amazing space for several reasons. First we are sharing the studio with our talented friend Walter. He is an amazing artist and musician (check out www.waltersdogs.com to see his work). Secondly due to the Pike's central location we are able to participate in Flagstaff's monthly ArtWalk, which we did last Friday. We used this opportunity to introduce ourselves with a self-promotional piece we created, talking about what we had learned in our first year of being in business. We created some fun illustrations to go with it and created 8 big Posters that we hung up on the wall. We bought a bunch of beer, wine and snacks and were set for the big opening. We had no idea how many people would actually show up, but the evening went really well and we had a huge turn-out. We were able to show our friends our new work space, talk to some of our clients and meet some new people. What a fun and successful night….we can't wait for next ArtWalk! Thanks for all the love and support to everyone that stopped by.