Chelsea Creek Studio is the fulfillment of gallery director Teresa C. Waymire’s passion for sharing the experience of art.
With a background in Art History and Studio Art, Teresa enjoys thinking about and seeing the beauty in art: “When I see a piece of art I’m drawn to, there’s an emotional response. I feel a sense of belonging.”
To Teresa, extending that sense of belonging to the wider community is what Chelsea Creek is all about: “When an artist creates and portrays a feeling, an emotional relationship is formed with the viewer. The atmosphere we have created at Chelsea Creek provides a uniquely comforting venue to explore this connection.” For Teresa fusing her passion for art with a place rich in family history provides a rare opportunity to create a lasting connection between art, patron and community.
Directing a gallery is just one facet of Teresa’s lifelong passion for creating art. A mother of three, Teresa loves to relate to and inspire her children through creative projects. While raising her children, Teresa worked as substitute art teacher and volunteered on various art and cultural projects at her children’s school. Teresa has also been actively involved in supporting KIDDS, a regional center that provides counseling services for bereaved children and their families. It is through this work that Teresa has been profoundly touched by the connection between art and emotion. “The creative component of all these initiatives has fostered my own personal growth. Creating on my own is how I find peace.”
Teresa and husband Joseph Lara decided to open Chelsea Creek Studio as a way to enrich their lives with art and continue the legacy and history of the barn building as a family treasure. Read more about the History of Chelsea Creek Studio.