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Naturally beautiful: The art of Nicole Allen

Naturally beautiful: The art of Nicole Allen

As I walk up the steps of the old Standard Bread Company building at 951 Gladstone Avenue, I wonder if I’ve come to the right place. The only reason I press the bell for the third floor buzzer is the sign above the door marking The Loft Art Studios and the note telling me to be patient to give time for the artists to race down from the third floor to welcome visitors. Within moments artist Nicole Allen meets me at the door in jeans and a long sleeve shirt spattered in paint. I’ve definitely come to the right place.

Allen’s studio is bright, spacious and covered in art and painting supplies. She has been a part of the collective of 18 different artists who have their studios at The Loft for seven years. Prior to that she was painting at home but as her business grew, she found that she needed a separate space to let her creativity blossom. “My work got bigger and my art started taking on a life of its own,” she says. “Having a space like this is a game changer.”

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