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Meet Danny Meyer and Stephanie Sherwood of Hawthorne Arts Complex in South Bay

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Meyer and Stephanie Sherwood.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The Hawthorne Arts Complex was founded in 2014 by Danny Meyer, a musician and arts facility manager who still manages the space today, It initially began with only five art studios and artists and has since expanded throughout the entire 44,000 square foot space. HAC currently has over 80 working artist tenants and a handful of available rooms yet to rent. We have really expanded over the last year and a half, the vision is coming together! To respect the privacy of our tenants, HAC is appointment only; We are only open to the public during our Open Studio events.

Our 2019 Open Studio events will be:

Sunday, March 24th, 2-6pm
Sunday, September 8th, 2-6pm
Sunday, December 8th, 2-6pm

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
For the first few years of its existence, the Hawthorne Arts Complex was unsure if it would continue to live in the original space in Hawthorne, the sale of the building was up in the air for quite a while. Once the sale was complete, Danny approached the new owners with his proposal of expanding the arts facility. Once accepted, the official home of the Hawthorne Arts Complex was solidified in the industrial neighborhood of Hawthorne.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Hawthorne Arts Complex story. Tell us more about the business.
Ever since it’s founding, HAC has always focused on safe, sustainable construction and being a comfortable workspace for artists. We have large common areas and shared workspaces, wide hallways, tons of natural light via skylights and plenty of free parking.

“We really have it so great here” says Stephanie Sherwood, a long time tenant and assistant manager at HAC, “we have wifi, great light and if there are ever any issues, we jump on it right away.”

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck seems to have been on our side. We have been blessed with hard-working tenants who are community-minded and really keep the vibe of the Hawthorne Arts Complex one of levity and creativity. We love to hear that artists are collaborating and sharing ideas and supplies. That’s part of why large art studio warehouses are so great, you get to cross-pollinate art making theories and help to inspire each other just by doing what you do. It’s a really nice space to have as your “home base”.

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Image Credit:
Stephanie Sherwood

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