As some of you know, back in January we realized a long-running vision of opening a brick-and-mortar office here in Wallingford for our real estate brokerage. After working in “virtual office” mode for many years, both before and after forming our own company, it was both a rewarding and eye-opening experience, to say the least! The response from the community and our clients has been very gratifying, and we’re extremely happy with our decision, even though many brokerages are moving in the opposite direction, from physical offices to virtual ones.
One of the things we wanted to make sure we did with our office was to promote and feature our town, its history and the people that make it such a great place to live. In our conference room we have a couple of reproductions of old maps of the town as it was in 1881 and 1905, and the hallway outside it is lined with pictures of historic places in town, such as the Judd, Potter, and Moses Y. Beach mansions and even one of the building our office is in, giving visitors a rare glimpse back into the history of Wallingford.
Another feature of our office, and one we’re most proud of, is our “Wallingford Inspires…” wall of local art. Our plan is to feature one Wallingford artist on the wall for a period of 60 days, and then pass the opportunity on to the next artist for 60 days, and so on. The art is all Wallingford themed and will be in a variety of formats and media. For the first 60 day display we featured local photographer Wendy Kenerson and her beautiful images of Mackenzie Reservoir, Gouveia Vineyards, and more (see above image). Her display will remain up until the end of March, at which time the next art on display will be photo collages of Wallingford barns done by art students at Lyman Hall High School and will run until the end of May.
We have a full year of artists lined up to display their work and they have all been extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity, especially since it can be hard for aspiring artists to get their work in front of the public without contracting with a studio. The majority of the artwork on display is available for purchase, with 100% of the profit going to the artist. So far, the reception to the art wall has been very positive, and we’re so glad to give these local people a venue to expose their work to the public.
We hope that, if you’re in the area, you’ll stop by and see the amazing art that is being created and displayed by our local artists. And if you’re a local artist who would like to display your art on our wall, give us a call at (203) 672-4499 and let’s talk!