I’m Still Here!


The de-cluttering process was not much fun. Everything went into storage during the renovation. It was hard to be separated from my studio stuff.

I haven’t posted much over the last few months with good reason. My husband and I made the decision of downsizing and moving closer to the city core last summer. This involved selling our home, purging, finding temporary accommodations all while gutting and renovating a 110 year old building in Centretown.

Anyone who has gone through any renovation knows too well both the highs and lows of the process. We experienced both good and bad surprises like the unexpected extra costs of foundation issues to discovering and exposing beautiful vintage brick walls. We were lucky to have a great contractor and the results are wonderful. After 5 months of living out of a suitcase, we are now in our new home and slowly finding a place for everything within our 850 sq. ft. Just as we hoped, life has become much simpler and easier to manage.


Before . . .


and After

Even more difficult during this time was downsizing and restructuring my art studio. In my old place I spread myself out over a large finished basement area and was able to teach complex workshops within this space. That’s not the case B7C1045B-4A5F-478D-8961-91517E6A5984anymore. My basement area is much smaller and every inch has to serve a purpose. The space is enough for me to create and this week I’m so happy to finally be getting back to working on commissions and some new ideas that have been percolating during this pause period.

Unfortunately the space is small so I won’t be holding any in-house workshops anymore. All workshops and classes will take place in outside locations like the Orange Art Gallery. My first workshop of 2020 will be taking place at the Orange Art School on Monday nights in April. I’ll be teaching “Sculpt a Bust” and there’s only 1 spot left, so if you are interested please get in touch with them soon at 613-761-1500. I will also be scheduling some workshops in other host locations and hope to have that schedule up shortly. Online workshops are also available through my website at saracinocollection.com or at AforArtistic.com

Thank you once again for all your kind words, support and for following my work over the years. Stay tuned for new and exciting projects coming up soon.


About mariasaracino

Figurative Artist
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1 Response to I’m Still Here!

  1. JUDY Theriault says:

    Congratulations on your move and downsizing. It is difficult thing to do. I am still interested in your fairy collection and would be interested in taking a class in making them.

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