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I just got some beautiful land with an old barn on it that I'd like to convert into artist’s studio spaces and an exhibition gallery.
I just got some beautiful land with an old barn on it that I'd like to convert into artist’s studio spaces and an exhibition gallery.
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Working through the Winter!


Hey Kickstarters!

It's cold here in New England but that doesn't mean that work has stopped at 10 Horse Art Center!  In fact, we're forging full steam ahead!

 Project Manager Justin Barros looks like he's headed off to the ski slopes but he's really just bundled up for the morning at 10 Horse!  Over the past few weeks the temperature has occasionally dipped to -15 degrees fahrenheit and every inch of skin needs to be covered for protection.

 We're almost finished roughing out all the window frames for the new glass.  The horses who used to live in 10 Horse probably could never imagine how much light the place will soon have inside!

 And if it's one thing we know artists like it's LOTS of windows.  Nothing makes a creative soul more happy than a crazy amount of natural light!

 The Group Classroom area and the Saddle Store (where we'll sell lots of our artist's work) is coming along nicely.  This particular area of 10 Horse definitely needed a new roof!

 WOW!  The new ceiling in the Group Classroom and Saddle Store area is going to be so high!  We can't wait to until the exterior walls are closed in.

And we forgot to tell you about these AMAZING cookies we got from our #1 10 Horse Angel Marcella Lawrence (Project Manager Justin Barros' mother)!

 Do you know ANYONE who can back cookies like this?!  We sure don't!!

 Marcella obviously loves pop-ups as much as we do and she clearly took the theme to a new level!

 Each cookie is actually 3-dimensional and iced to (oh, sweet icing!) cookie pages that look just like a book!

 And just look at those COLORS!!!  Who needs Martha Steward?!  If real pop-up books looked this good and tasted this delicious they'd never stay on a shelf!

 So thank you, Marcella, for creating these masterpieces for us and for being such a TREMENDOUS supporter of 10 Horse Art Center!  What we do without you or Justin or your cookies!

More updates coming soon Kickstarters and thanks again for hanging in there with us!

Frame me in and the Big Dig!


Hey Kickstarters! Work continues on 10 Horse Art Center and we've been truly blessed by the continuing mild weather!

Now that the concrete foundation has been poured, we've added rigid insulation around the perimeter of 10 Horse to help keep the building nice and warm during the winter.

Framing work has also begun on sections of the building that were temporarily removed to allow concrete truck access.

The pottery studio begins to take shape and we're lucky to already have a ceramics artist who wants to work there!

And don't worry, we've saved all the beautiful antique exterior siding, stored it in a safe, weatherproof location, so it's ready to be reattached after the new, rough framing is complete.

The east side of building is also being re-framed to allow for a much bigger entryway into the building and exhibition area.

Carpenter Jim and his son Eli are master framers and we couldn't imagine any of this work being done properly without them!

We're also right in the middle of a Big Dig for the new septic system.  Machines are used for much of this work...

 ...but we're still amazed at how much of the final, detail work needs to be done by hand!

 The new, enormous concrete tank is lowered by crane into the freshly dug hole and covered with gravel and soil.

 Lines of pipe are installed from the concrete tank out towards the leach field.

 The leach field (where the water from the tank will be distributed) is also dug by machine...

...but there's still plenty of work to be done by hand, including spreading out the gravel before topsoil fill.  Hopefully the weather will hold at the site long enough to get completely closed in and become snug as a bug in a rug!

Thanks for your continued support and kind words and e-mails of encouragement.  I'll keep you update, as always!  Robert

Pour, Baby, Pour!


Dear Devoted Kickstarters!  At 7am this past Saturday morning the concrete trucks rumbled down Black Creek Road on an important mission.

It was time to start pouring the main floor of 10 Horse Art Center!  Project manager Justin had temporarily removed some of the exterior walls to allow the enormous concrete chutes to get inside.

Slowly but surely the amazing concrete crew started the massive undertaking of moving tons of heavy, wet concrete into position.

The crew has to work quickly because not only does the concrete begin to "firm up" as soon as it leaves the truck, it heats up, too!

The concrete flows so quickly it's almost like a...

 ...a LAVA FLOW!

 A wide, flat trowel is attached to a pole to begin the slow process of smoothing the concrete.

Now THAT'S a floor!  The concrete will continue to "burn" (cure) for the next 24 hours so the crew keeps a close eye on the continuing process.  The exterior parts of the concrete floor will be poured separately (since that will take three more trucks of concrete, and I didn't want to clog up Black Creek Road with trucks!).

 And the first resident of 10 Horse Art Center has arrived!  Meet Rockafeller (named by Project Manager Justin)!

We don't know how this mysterious rooster arrived at 10 Horse Art Center but we quickly built a shelter to keep him dry and warm.  Now all the artists will have a morning call to come to the Center to create!

Thanks for your constant support and I'll update you again soon.  In the meantime, visit our newly launched website for even more details about what we're up to!

Help 10 Horse Art Center get a Mission Street Grant just by voting!


Dear Kickstarters, 

I’m reaching out to you to help reach my goal of 250 votes to get to the next level of consideration for a Mission Street Grant for 10 Horse Art Center. The renovation work at 10 Horse Art Center is moving along at an excellent pace (see updates at but this work is expensive!

By simply voting for the Center at you’ll help advance us to the next level. It couldn’t be easier and you’ll be doing all of us at 10 Horse a great favor. 

Thanks so much for your continued support and please tell ALL your friends and family about our goal, either through your social networks or by forwarding this e-mail. We need every vote we can get by October! 


Drain, drain go away!


Happy summer Kickstarters!

We're making the most of the warm weather and continuing full steam ahead at 10 Horse Art Center.  After not being able to find a plumber for months, one practically showed up on our doorstep (much to my relief).  Although we usually think of a plumber as someone who fixes that leaky sink they do SO much more.  Before the concrete floor can be poured, the main drain line needs to be installed in the ground.

 Since there are so many artist's sinks at 10 Horse it's critical that all the drain lines be laid out accurately.

 In order to prevent the 50+-year-old beams from being damaged during excavation the trench lines are being dug by hand (and no, not be me!).

 The pipe is carefully laid in place, section by section.

 Uprights are added to the drain lines for all the artist's sinks.

Gravel is placed underneath the higher end of the main line so that the water in all the drains heads slowly (1/4" every 1 foot) down towards the new septic system.

 Delicately cradled in a bed of gravel!

That's a lot of gravel!

 Make it level!

 Meanwhile, the second floor windows have been rough framed on the interior and the new roof trusses have arrived!

No the second floor roof won't be sized as shown for the Munchkins of Oz!  These are all the trusses laid out flat on their sides before being hoisted upright to create the new roof.  To my amazement Carpenter Jim and his son LIFTED the trusses BY HAND up to the second level!

That's it for now, faithful Kickstarters!  I'm off to a wedding in Morocco next week and then a trip to Egypt and will return right after Labor Day.  Thanks again for all your support!