Robert Lange Studios will be expanding over the next few months into the upper floor of their Queen Street gallery. When the tenants occupying the upper floor moved out, owners Robert and Megan Lange jumped at the chance to expand.
They hope to build a staircase so visitors can go directly upstairs. Fortunately, the upstairs was recently renovated with new windows, trim, doors, and refinished floors. All the Langes have to do is add a viewing wall to display paintings.
One of the added perks of expansion is that the Langes have been able to acquire a piano, something they had in a previous space. "There's nothing better than when you walk into the gallery and someone's playing music," Megan says. "People stop by all the time and play the piano. It's kind of wonderful."
The Langes are on the hunt for a new artist to join their ranks, as well as some sculptors. "The crew that we have, we've had for eight years right now," Megan says. "We're not going to pick up someone unless they're just right."
While negotiations are still underway, the studio is hoping to obtain a lease for the next 15 years. Since the previous occupants of the space have already moved out, the Langes have begun moving items into the upper level. Construction will take place throughout July, and the studio hopes to officially open the new space to the public sometime in August or September.