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The Rumor is True

September 7, 2016

Well if you have heard that Pamela Penney Textile Arts is leaving the Oak Park Arts District (after over 15 years of envolvement there), you have heard correctly.  Yes, it hasn’t been an easy decision.  But, the time feels right for a change for me.  I started out as a member of what was called the Harrison Street Cooperative Gallery in around the year 2000.  We were a collective of about 25 artists who displayed our work and shared gallery sitting duties.  After 3 years there I decided I was ready to take on more studio space (I was working at home from 1996 until 2003).  In the fall of 2003 I took space at 41 Harrison Street in the Arts District and shared it with another artist for a couple of years.  In 2008 I moved into 130 Harrison Street where I have been creating, teaching and selling my work for the last 8 1/2 years.  It has been fun to be a part of the Oak Park Arts District community.  It has been a dream fulfilled.  But, now it is time to follow a new dream.  Of course, that dream is still a bit hazy.  Each day it get a bit clearer and I am excited by the possibilities ahead.  For now I can say that my immediate plans are to move my studio back into my home (my kids are grown!) and focus on the creation of new artwork.  I will be taking a break from teaching for awhile, but who knows, I’m not sure how long that will last!

Please know that if you have been a customer and student or a friend to me,  I have so appreciated all the love, support, creativity and joy that you have brought into my studio and my life over the last two decades.  I will forever have so many fond memories of my time with all of my students and my customers.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your time and talents with me over the years.  And you will continue to hear from me!

And please join me in Celebrating the last 20 years of my business with a toast to the future on Saturday evening September 17, 2016 at 6 to 10pm.  At 130 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL.  I hope you can be there!
Gone, but not forgotten ~ Pam

P.S. If you have lessons paid for in advanced or a gift certificate, please contact me at to make arrangements.  I apologize for any inconvenience and will work to accommodate!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2016 8:58 pm

    Best wishes in your new chapter, Pam! It’s hard to leave a community like that, but change can be refreshing, too, and I look forward to see where this takes your art. Kudos to you!

    • September 12, 2016 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much, Rachel! I’m very excited about the creative possibilities ahead for me. I appreciate your support and the TAFA group too! I’ll be making some updates soon.

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