Our community studio is based on respect, teamwork, and a shared love of art.

We are pleased that you have joined the studio; realize that in doing so you are taking ownership of the comfortable atmosphere, cleanliness, and overall functioning of the studio as a community resource.

We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to ask for further clarification or email sreed@southavenuearts with comments or questions.

Studio Etiquette

  • Treat the people, studio, and equipment with care, respect, and kindness.
  • Help each other out and be nice; please do not offer criticism unless it is asked for.
  • Be considerate of others' work, do not touch, move or bump work that does not belong to you.
  • Respect noise levels – conversation is encouraged; loud banging, hammering and other disruptive noise is discouraged.
  • Limit cell phone conversations to the lobby.
  • Bring your own supplies and rags or paper towels each time you come to the studio or store securely in your locker if you rent one.
  • Wear headphones to listen to your own music or enjoy the shared studio music.
  • Clean as you go, always make sure your easel, table, chair or stool is ready for another artist – leave it how you want to find it!
  • Only gamsol or odor free turpenoid or mineral spirits permitted. Keep it covered when not in use.
  • Do not pour turpentine or other chemicals down the drains. Use the cans and containers provided.
  • No encaustic, burning tools, flames or spray paint permitted.
  • Go outside if you need to spray fixative or to sand anything.


  • No smoking anywhere in the building.
  • Your studio hours are limited to the three hour timeframe you are registered for.
  • Check in at the front desk when you arrive.
  • Be mindful of leaving the studio area on time - you should be totally cleaned up by your studio end time. You are welcome to socialize in the lobby before and after your studio time.
  • Limit your eating to the lobby bar area – (no stinky food in the microwave).


  • Place purses/jackets on wall hooks or in your locker.
  • Store work in drying area.
  • We do not have the facilities to store large volumes of work so please limit storage to current art in process.
  • Return your supplies to your locker or bring them home with you.