'Our business opened in 2003 in a rented building. In 2004 we purchased a disused garage / service station in St. Marys, Tasmania, Australia. In 2004/2005, my husband Ian (a highschool art teacher) did most of the work of transforming the dilapidated building into a studio and gallery in his spare time.
In 2012 the building was repainted inside and out in two shades of grey, with white and red trims. In 2015, new vinyl banner signs were installed, designed in collaboration with son John Summers of Black Marketing + Creative - http://www.black.marketing.
This is where I make, display and sell my own work (as well as other people’s quality handmade items), offer classes and host exhibitions of local artisans and travelling displays.
I also create art at home, especially the items made by hand which I work on during the evenings. I create whenever I can, because I love it and it’s integral to my life – has been ever since I can remember. I teach classes at our studio and gallery, as well as doing my own stuff. I enjoy putting my creations “out there” as exhibition entries and on the net. I try to communicate something through my work, and often there is a hidden as well as an obvious message.'
Rita Summers (owner, maker, designer, curator)