Hockessin resident Julie Gambacorta did not like the fact that Everyday Artists off Old Lancaster Pike in the heart of the village of Hockessin had closed unexpectedly in December.
Gambacorta then saw the "for rent" sign and started thinking about the possibilities. She had been a part-time in design for an art magazine and she had also worked part-time for the Mancus Foundation. But, the full-time mother of three was ready for a new challenge with her children old enough for her to work.
Gambacorta's family, including children Celia, Anthony and Sophia, had frequented Everyday Artists for such things as birthday parties and first communion to paint w
"My kids have really enjoyed this concept," "I made a couple phone calls. I have a mutual friend of the previous owner and tracked her down a bit."
So, Julie and her husband, Anthony, bought the business and refurbished it, with some help from their children and Julie's mother, Nancy DiCamillis.
On May 1, the Gambacorta family brought back Everyday Artists and customers have been stopping by, happy to see the business open again.
At Everyday Artists, customers take once-fired pottery piece called a bisque ware and paint them any way they like. Then, Gambacorta and DiCamillis glaze them and fire them in the kiln again. The finished products are usually available in about 10 days, Gambacorta said.
One does not have to be an artist to enjoy a creative outing in which they create something they can be proud of, Gambacorta said.
"I tell people all the time that I'm not artistic," she said. "My mom is the artistic side but I don't think you need to be an artist to enjoy coming in there. There are a lot of things you can do in here and enjoy."
In sum, Everyday Artists is a place where friends and family – including the artist and non-artist – can stop in, relax and enjoy the fun of creating a fun and memorable keepsake, Gambacorta said.
Everyday Artists offers children and adult birthday parties, anniversary events, bridal or baby showers, book clubs or other social groups, tea parties and relaxing social evenings for couples or singles, Gambacorta said. Students, homeschoolers or scouts are also invited to come by for a memorable field trip.
The Studio also accommodates family reunions, team building activities, and other private or corporate events and celebrations as well as an ideal fundraising spot for nonprofits looking for fun ways to raise money.
Gambacorta said she's already hosted one birthday party for 5-year-olds and one bachelorette party.