A living museum in a not-so-abandoned building

Meet Ava Avione. Today I fell into her world of color and tapestries and paint, and it was completely unexpected.

I’ve spent the last few days visiting local artists’ studios and workspaces for a work assignment. I always love artist’s spaces, especially when they’re messy and real and no one apologizes for splattered paint. It’s been a good week. I’ve seen pottery wheels, half a dozen kilns, fused glass in a barn, paint dried on brushes.

But going to Ava’s was like entering another dimension.

Over the phone, the artist described the directions to her “house”: “near the cemetery,” “meet me at the red door around back” and “what kind of car do you drive so I can tell the guardhouse?” Guards. Really?

I didn’t realize until I got there that Ava lives and works in a two-floor, wide-open, 10,000-square-foot abandoned building on a college campus. It’s a living museum, a place that is her home, her studio and one of her galleries.

There are only a couple of rooms, a guest bedroom and a archiving/computer room. The rest of the loft-like spaces are broken up with couches, tapestries and her tall paintings that are stacked dozens of paintings deep.

Ava, now 69, has been an artist since she was 3. She was born in Massachusetts, but started traveling early. She went to school in Berkeley and Oregon and has always either been an architect or artist. She’s lived in 80 countries, her favorites being India, China, Morocco, Chile and Brazil. This living museum, where I spent my morning, is filled with her 8-foot-tall paintings, but it is the smallest of her massive collection.

In the entrance of her studio with the soft light of the first rainy day flooding through the foggy window panes, Ava described her work. Dimensional Expressionism is the art movement she’s spearheading. She studies energy and color and shapes. She makes colors, actually, from patterns. Fabric with all tones and textures is spread across the space to inspire her and teach her about color. The living museum (the idea that she lives and works there) is a concept she’s coined, and she encourages other artists to create their own living museums. She’s funded 80 living museums around the world, and is known for occupying highrises, industrial complexes, caves — and this old college building that she’s lived in alone for three years.

Ava makes her own paints and adhesives and is passionate about pigment. She gets her supplies from all around the world. But what makes her paint special is that it’s rich with pigment. She get pigment from the top of the paint barrels, while most paint company’s bottle and sell what is on the bottom of the barrel.
When you look around the space, paintings stand tall around the perimeter and create a center island. What you don’t realize at first, though, is that her paintings are stacked 10, 12, 20 or more paintings deep.
While Dan worked, and Ava posed in front of her tall, glowing self-portrait, I walked around with my own camera. It was sensory overload.
Ava lives and works alone. But her house is not without plenty of beds. Every night she sleeps in a different spot: on a couch, on one of the five beds or on the dozens of rugs on the ground she’s collected on her travels.

She’s not alone in the big building, though. She bribes friends to visit with the promise of a comfortable bed and, of course, breakfast in bed. People always feel inspired to create when they’re over. Her son, a lawyer, even complains that she turned his fiance into an artist because she switched her major to art after spending the night.

While most of the guest beds are wide open and close to one another, there is a private bedroom downstairs. It also holds Ava’s collection of handmade and hand-painted pottery.

Upstairs are racks of fabrics and clothing, many that have been made by Ava. They are part of her study of color and fabric. Soon, her work will be printed on silk and sold to designers.This portrayal of a woman is what Ava painted while she was living in the desert and random circus rode through. She described dancing and color and then they were gone.So that’s Ava, and that’s her living museum. I feel like I learned so much, but there’s still so much I can’t grasp. I hope you enjoyed sharing my little peek into someone else’s world.

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241 Responses to A living museum in a not-so-abandoned building

  1. Oh My Gosh!!! When are you going back here? I wanna go to this amazing place. This one of my favorite posts you’ve done…I LOVE it! Great job!

    • I too am IN LOVE with the place and art. I have to wonder why she feels the need to sell her work to designers that will sell it for such high prices that only a very elite group of people will get to wear? A group made up of many people who are stuck in a materialistic world and will not appreciate the Universal Energy of her work.
      I am putting this on my list of things to do soon. That place looks like heaven!!! Wonderful job on the photos and capturing the sensory overload and magic held within all of that art and color!!! AmberLena

      • thebeautifulaccidents says:

        I find that a lot of people assume that we as designers are lumped into a group of materialism, which in itself is a dichotomy. Given that we work with material we are filled within a materialistic world. Yet, everything you wear is made by a designer, down to the color that is chosen for the sweater you are wearing. Also, to assume that you are not going to get to be a part of that list/group of people is selling yourself and talents short. also, Artist inspire and support other artist…

      • peterjgillies says:

        Amber light I love your the only person to comment on this. The aim of artists ideally would be to live from the sale of your art, as this is the only way you can dedicate yourself fully to it progression, but if you reach the stage of selling art at massive prices to an elite group who can afford well this is where I am torn. I’d quite frankly hate to be that person. Its a fake world and surely once your in that arena your going to loose sight of your arts heart? I guess its what you does with that privilege of being successful? Does she sit there in her beautiful studio inviting over the right folk and making money la la la… or is she teaching kids, whatever, and giving back in anyway? i don’t know enough of her to possibly comment… mmmm bit of a rant but hey. Very cool photos and by the looks of it nice blog.

    • The Old Perch says:

      Yes one of my favorite posts 2

  2. Dan Evans says:

    Great series, Lauren.

  3. Wowza. I loved this – thank you for sharing this swirl of life and color and Joy.

  4. Forwarded to artist Val Erde in England. If you like this you’ll like hers too.

  5. Val says:

    Wow! Astonishing post! Fabulous artwork. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Carl – thanks for sending me this, I’d probably never have seen it otherwise. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Beautiful! What a great article on someone so talented.

  7. Terra says:

    What a amazing space to live in…….and create in, and what a amazing life to have!

  8. Wow … I’m a new fan!


  9. Lakia Gordon says:

    These photos are amazing! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Wow… how did you find out about her home? I love that there are people out there who are so creative and passionate about what they do. It’s becoming taboo to be creative in a society driven by money and power.
    If we got back to basics and lived with our bare necessities we might find we’re just as talented too!

    • Lauren says:

      Thank you. I found out about Eva because she participated in a citywide art event. I work at a newspaper, and called her for a story.

  11. cowgoddess says:

    Great post and loved all the photos. I would love to go visit her and I would make breakfast for her!

  12. zookyshirts says:

    WOW! Her space is bursting with color and life! What an amazing artist. And a very prolific one! I’ve got to go paint more! Thanks for sharing your photos of her and her work.

  13. jakobbelbin says:

    Awesome work! makes my front room studio look like a massacre.. . … . . / .

  14. skinit says:

    Not only is Ava’s artwork amazing, but so is your photography! Particularly enjoyed the photo of the paintbrushes. Good job, and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. drwebs says:

    So much awesome art, thank you, for the photos.

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  17. That’s an impressive collection, and a unique way of showing it off too. Very cool lady!

  18. Miriam Joy says:

    So many beautiful pictures! It makes me wish I was better at art. Who knows, maybe I’ll try harder with my homeworks now?

  19. Great post on such an interesting woman. I love how her paintings are so bright, full of colour and positive. I feel like your photographs and writing capture this woman beautiful; it certainly made me want to know more about her and her work. Plus, those beds are amazing, every single one of them looks comfortable beyond belief!

  20. l0ve0utl0ud says:

    Breathtaking! A beautiful house and stunning art.

  21. Wow! That’s a place I would love to get lost in . . . the colors are so vibrant and the artwork so inspiring. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  22. I am overwhelmed by Ava and by your lush photography. Your work is like capturing the genie in a bottle.

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  24. Christopher Spata says:

    Amazing. If the pictures alone could overload my senses like that, I can only imagine what it was like to actually be there.

  25. simon fordham says:


  26. sarkisartist says:

    Wow. Her paintings have so much energy, it is indeed as you described it “a sensory overload”.

    I’m not there in person but just seeing the photographs makes me want to create as you pointed out. It inspires me to surround myself with my work as much as possible; I hope to be as prolific as Ava is…

    Great photographs – they capture the essence of her home. What part of the US was this taken??


  27. What a fantastic post! Eva sounds amazing. She’s so talented. I would love to be well-traveled and so prolific. The colors are uplifting. I bet that live/work space is fantastic. I hope I see more about her in the future.

  28. What an amazing place! I love the colors, thanks for sharing.

  29. craig says:

    I feel like your photographs and writing capture this woman beautiful; it certainly made me want to know more about her and her work. Plus, those beds are amazing, every single one of them looks comfortable beyond belief! for more detail click here
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    Thanks for sharing

  30. As an artist I am completely humbled and yet greatly inspired. Thank you for sharing this with us. And congrats on being Fresh Pressed.

  31. richardvigil says:


  32. luscious living, thanks for the lovely post.

  33. martinxtc says:

    I dreamed of living in a place like that before, but shared with other people. That would be great.

  34. Beautiful work, painted screens for six years as Robi comercialisava but also, I am not one to comment on his work in the critical part, by the way, I think that criticism does not fit in your case with such a beautiful array of colors and with this talent that comes from God sure.; ..’m from Brazil Sao Paulo; Graduated with Honors would be if only one could see my mosaic … a big hug to you and the Light of Christ illumine your life and this gifted every day!

  35. halfbakedlog says:

    Thank you for sharing this incredible artist’s world with your pictures and words.

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  37. ditchthebun says:

    OMG AMAZING, how have I never heard of this woman her art is FABULOUS, there are not enough words in meaning AWESOME to describe her work, my favourite ones are with the fabric, with what looks like ribbons framing and throughout the painting, she just has a fabulous use of colour!

  38. Raye says:

    Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant……!!

  39. jjhausman says:

    She lives in a wonderland of color and overflowing shapes. Where’d you find her? Almost like placing herself firmly in a world of her own imagination. Definitely following your blog though I don’t follow many (villagebandwidth.com)

  40. Just love Ava’s art. Spectacular use of color. Where is she? I didn’t get a location from your description!

  41. This was awesome and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing. What an amazing artist–the both of you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. reesa says:

    This is completely amazing! Thanks for posting the beautiful photos.

  43. AWESOME LOVE! you really captured her!

  44. What an incredible artist and inspiring woman. Thankyou for the beautiful photos and story.

  45. Kobe says:

    Wow. These images are just breathtaking!

    Best Regards,

  46. awesome paintings. love it

  47. this painting is so beautiful,the color is wonderful

  48. rubiescorner says:

    Wow! This is quite an article. I have read and observed much in the pictures and the writing. You must have been over whelmed by all the energy in the room.

  49. xpectation says:

    I really enjoyed the photos and the content of your blog. It is very interesting how Ava uses the fabric, tones, and texture to inspire her. Perception is amazing.

  50. anotherdaysucks says:

    Who doesn’t like to live in an artistic home? Very pretty images. I wish I could have one of those paintings.

  51. Great art!!!
    I should go for this…

  52. fkbs says:

    yes, i am totally with you on all counts!!! gorgeous and mind-altering and real. thank you so much! both lauren and ava have a humongous fan in me :0) i’d love to meet them both!

  53. Amazing work by yourself and Ava, true “like attracts like” Well done!

  54. yogaleigh says:

    Wow, so inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  55. wow good article
    verry usefull for me .
    thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. RoseWine says:

    interesting and AWESOME!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great job, I wish I could have the same work…

  57. Pedro Salma says:

    I really like the paitings; Colorful art. Great!


  58. great set, i love the fading texture that still catches my eyes whenever i scroll down.

  59. Just came across ur blog and must say you have captured the paintings pretty well in your blog and picture ๐Ÿ™‚
    woww is the only word to explain .. whom should i praise the painter who has taken care of every detail or to you who have captured them so beautifully

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  60. this is amazing. I would’ve wished I could do just that with my passions. Decorate my living space with history and art, ornaments and collectibles…thanks for sharing this.

  61. her work, her collection, her place, she herself…AMAZING!

  62. blue moon says:

    Beautiful art and design..
    i just love it

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  64. amazing! i am so surprised by her passion for the art!! nice article too!!! c”,)


  65. nadiyafaisal says:

    amazing .fabulous work …

  66. I certify this Great!

  67. ashkitty says:

    compliments from a new fan

  68. solefetish says:

    an artist since 3…Wo…loved what I read and saw ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Tabela says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  70. contomates says:

    beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. i love her take on a living space; makes me want to design my own.

  71. Morgan says:

    This is amazing,; the woman, the art, the photographs. Thank you so much for posting this, it’s made my day beautiful!

  72. Debie says:


  73. karam5 says:

    this is the best .i think you can do more in this field.

  74. Amazing pictures. This kind of writing, about such a talented, unsung artist is why blogs are important. Thanks for starting off my day on an inspirational note.

  75. Adele Byron says:

    Energetic exciting and expressive work .

  76. Fantastic world of art, thank you very much for sharing this amazing post ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Absolutely awesome! What a wonderful way to live, surrounded by things you have created, by the joy of soaring colors! I look around at folks who stive and sweat for shells of houses fillled with techno toys and modern “must haves” and think how much more natural to live surrounded by color, texture and things that you love!

  78. gaycarboys says:

    Amazing photos. She looks a marvelous woman. I don’t think I could live alone.

  79. Jean says:

    I hope she is able to sell some of her art ..so she can produce more. Her output is prodigous. :0


  81. JSD says:

    OMG, what a woman!…what talent!…what a beautiful studio/living space!…what beautiful photos!…what a great post!…what inspiration! It makes me just want to get lost in her studio!

  82. Carlie Chew says:

    Oh my gosh, what an amazing article! I love artists like Ava, who literally have creativity pouring out. I could only dream to see a place like Ava’s. Thank you so much for sharing, truly inspiring.

    • youreitnav says:

      Inspiration is the beautiful irony of our race. We know so little. We have the ability to create without having to know, and so we stay in the continuous flow of inspiration. Life is a gorgeous place of art. (:

  83. Michael says:

    Brilliant. I love the mosaic of colors.

  84. What a beautiful life Ava has created. Her wok is wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!

  85. Meghna N says:

    That is a completely new world! I couldn’t help but scroll down and keep asking for more!
    Amazing photography. Amazing Art.
    And Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. AKrygiel says:

    Awesome photos.

  87. crazydaisy02 says:

    Lovely colours, nice artwork

  88. hammerbro82 says:

    I uderstand her idea for th living museum, but why isn’t this woman a millionaire? I have a feeling, if taken on talent alone, that my kids will learn about her in art history class.

  89. Cherie says:

    Wow…so much intense colours. Awesome!

  90. Wow, I can’t imagine this lifestyle. Thank you for introducing me to her world and art. Great post.

  91. Rae says:

    I would love to dive into a book about this woman and her life.

  92. Modern Funk says:

    Love this!

  93. abichica says:

    wooowww!! this is awesome!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  94. joycebrandon says:

    What a marvelous way to live… completely surrounded by beauty & creativity!

  95. Nick says:

    I’m very much going to echo what C.Chew said: awesome!

  96. thinkvisual says:

    nice job. always interesting to get insights into living people, who are artists. thanks, and good luck to Ava.

  97. Such talent, stunning photos and art work

  98. warrenbrown says:

    Fantastic art, keep up the great work!

  99. Lyn Ferrand says:

    These are the most wonderful photos! Thank you!

  100. bandsmoke says:

    Outrageous, what a fabulous cornucopia of colours and textures!

  101. lindseyeileen says:

    beautiful artwork

  102. zachynyoga says:

    Beautiful paintings ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Her works of arts is Fabulous!!! She shouts “Be the inspiration!!!1 Love all of i t Rickey Hoefnagel


  104. Eline says:

    Woow, really amazing! Beautiful.
    Your whole blog is great. I really like to read it and see your pictures!!!

  105. booklark says:

    Loved this piece! Your photos are fantastic and Ava Avione’s work is truly mesmerizing. I would love the chance to step into her dream-like world of color!!

  106. Woody says:

    beautiful art

  107. Now I know what type of home I want. Of course I have to add a lending library and art studio too. Thanks for this wonderful post. I had not heard of Ava before.

  108. Amazing work! Thank you for sharing!

  109. Jan Simson says:

    Gorgeous. Wonderful pictures, wonderful post. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on FP!

  110. Ed Williams says:

    I wanna be Ava when I grow up (and I’m 55 now.) ; ) GREAT piece.

  111. black00swan says:

    Wow! I feel inspired just reading this blog! Every artist’s dream captured in one blog – well done.

  112. lsner says:

    Stunning photos

  113. Modern Seoul says:

    It’s a different world, thanks for sharing.

  114. Wow very cool! What a great feeling it is to be surrounded by art on a daily basis!

  115. I’ve always imagined being able to live like that. How fun it would be.

  116. Extraordinary! The colors are so vibrant and joyful. Amazing artwork!

  117. laloveland says:

    I love your blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  118. whiskeykick says:

    Wow! I really like her style! Thanks for sharing this. Great photos and I like messy artist spaces too!

  119. INCREDIBLE! soooo jealous, i love love LOVE it! thankyou for sharing! Reina.x

  120. youreitnav says:

    This woman’s pure passion defines beauty. There is no better definition of Truth than the pure emotional expression of one’s sensory visions. I admire a being who willingly, and dedicatedly expresses themselves as a way of life. I feel that is how we all should live – as ourselves. Thank you ‘theurbanhippie’ for sharing your experience. I have most certainly learned.

  121. keyleb says:

    hermoso simplemente fantรกstico me gustarรญa solo una vez conocer ese lugar perderme un rato en las obras es realmente muy buena

  122. stryka66 says:

    Superb – a fascinating collection of textures and colours – well presented – loved it

  123. blossom says:

    Wow this is the great painting i’ve see, your painting look so awesome, welldone Miss

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  124. Priya says:

    HOLY COW !!!! LOVE IT.

  125. Prolific, what a heavenly place, she is inspirational, and your photos are great thanks for sharing.

  126. I love this post and your blog…what a gorgeous repository; the photographs of the “studio” are, without a doubt, fascinating!

  127. Asile W. says:

    almost like pieces of fabric, color coordinated and then hand woven to the finest detail. beautiful!

  128. sweetredvino says:

    at first I thought this said living in a museum!

  129. leadinglight says:

    That is a beautiful living museum. When you say museum, I tend to usually think of brown and sepia instead of all the colours on the rainbow. Ava is so talented – I love that she collects beds

    • Lauren says:

      I, too, love that she collects beds. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone else like that. Thanks for stopping by.

  130. Eve Redwater says:

    What an incredible lady – her house is a work of art in itself! I’d love to have one of her paintings in my home! Thank you for sharing.

  131. Amitava Das says:

    pouring out. I could only dream to see a place like Avaโ€™s. Thank you so much for sharing, truly inspiring.

  132. wow what a lovely art space.
    Really captivating and such brillaint photographs.

  133. If anything could inspire me to pick up a paint brush this is it

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  135. thoraaron says:

    This is incredible, why don’t people know about this? As an artist I am inspired she’s been able to live such a fantastic life, and clearly she has talent to back it up.

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  136. Michelle says:

    This is amazing, like something out of a movie or novel. It’s absolutely gorgeous – thank you for sharing

  137. Great blog. True colour!

  138. Wow…sounds like she’s lived an incredible life and has brought her experiences to her work. I suppose living in 80 countries is probably rather inspiring, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Loved this peek into the artist’s life! Great job!

  139. emilyadamiani says:

    Wow! I love the rich use of color and the style of these pieces! Definitely inspirational; and I love the way the artist gets her inspiration from fabrics as well as other sources! What a great idea! This has definitely inspired me as an artist!

  140. natasiarose says:

    I want to visit Ava too! Awesome post, it makes me want to get up and get to a museum today.

  141. Can’t get my head around it all. It’s like being over stimulated on whatever and the colours and images coming at you randomly between blinks – bright, active, loud and so full of life – many thanks for blogging this

  142. Wow, I love everything about this post. Great pictures accompanied by a great explanation. If you don’t mind I would love to share this on my Facebook page. : D

  143. incredible. inspiring. The kind of life, pursuit, vocation that helps to validate creativity and expression giving the soul permission to laugh and shout!

  144. Myra's voice. says:

    I really would like to visit this extraordinary art infused sanctuary.

  145. liorsmith says:

    Wow, this woman is incredible!

  146. jobo says:

    Amazing and inspiring. A good example of someone living the life they really want to have, after seeing the world and deciding to devote themselves to colors and make their own home about them. It makes me want to turn my own room into a reflection of myself. Thank you for sharing this, I really enjoyed reading it and looking at the pictures of her art, I won’t forget this.

  147. writingbyart says:

    Your photography leaves me feeling bubbly; retro style is refreshing! You truly captured the essence of Ava and her museum. Awesome.

  148. yippiie says:

    amazing ava . she’s a genius

  149. memotoverve says:

    What a fabulously eccentric space. Great photographs taken too.

  150. Anna says:

    Oh my goodness, how fantastic. The building looks amazing- the place is literally dripping with creativity and colour and life! You must have felt like you were somewhere else entirely. And this was such a beautiful article with some fantastic pictures, so thank you so much for bringing us into this little world too ๐Ÿ™‚

  151. deanmelbourne says:

    great pics of a very inspiring space!

  152. freefalah says:

    This is amazing!!! I love finding gems like these. Thanks for sharing

  153. Brookie B. says:

    Ava’s work is so inspirational! I would love to have some of her artwork in my own home to get the creative juices flowing ๐Ÿ™‚ I am sure her artwork will look fabulous on fabric! I have never seen a home like Ava’s and I am glad to see she is doing so well pursuing her passion.

  154. Diana Inslee says:

    Thank you. What an amazing place. What a proflic artist, the art and the living space are so…..
    i don’t know the right words but it fills my heart. Thanks for sharing! I will be going to Morocco soon and so the colors, fabrics, and rugs, will mean so much more. May we visit this space? Does she have open house?

  155. jennamarynowski says:

    Wow! Great article & I loved the pictures! What an amazing body of work she’s done!

  156. Blaffo says:

    Great post!

  157. newsy1 says:

    Her space is fantastic, what a venue for her art! Great post.

  158. AMAZING….What a cool place to lay your head at night ๐Ÿ™‚

  159. This looks like an amazing place and thanks for sharing it with us! Great shots! ๐Ÿ™‚

  160. adpraisal says:

    What an Aladdin’s cave- such a great use of space in an abandoned building, I only wish that there were more examples of this. Also she must paint A LOT.

  161. missantelina says:

    How wonderful to be able to step into someone else’s world! I love how art can completely transform the world- that beauty and chaos can change our opinions of bigotry into a universal thanksgiving for the uniqueness of our world. It reminds us that life is inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this! It really made my day… ๐Ÿ™‚

  162. Louise says:

    Thank you for letting me into Ava’s world. What an interesting woman. Her art work is so vibrant and amazing. I wish I could visit a “living museum”.


  163. That is so legit! I am insanely jealous!

  164. iibattery says:

    very good.

  165. Eva McCane says:

    wow! i’m a bit envious. what an amazing world to live in. creative and colorful and other-worldly. and i love your blog…i love the urban hippy vibe. thanks for sharing and i’ll be sure to follow!

  166. imnews777 says:

    what a fantastic and eclectic colletion!

  167. Wow! I’m in love with this. I love photos like this that really tell pieces of a story.

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  168. woa, very impressive, a house full of beautiful paintings and full of ideas

  169. Philip Spann says:

    Just amazing, always inspirational to hear about artists that just exist doing their passion.

  170. Oh man you are lucky. That seems like such an incredible place to visit.

  171. setstudio says:

    It all looks like a dream. So spacious, colorful and full of wonder. โค

  172. LOVE IT! JEALOUS! want it!

  173. ghummakkad says:

    Great pictures. I have walked through the artists life through this blog. It is a living museum!

  174. maevdk says:

    wow what an amazing home!

  175. canada goose says:

    thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it Smile I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post..

  176. qcctest1 says:

    wow fantastic

  177. eos27 says:

    Stunning photos!

  178. laurensart26 says:

    what an amazing post!! theres something special about this kind of art and its nice to know people are still looking for it. also i love the site page name “urban hippie” as im a kind of inner hippie myself.

  179. jhon77 says:

    what a cool place i like it very much.

  180. Liiitza says:

    Wow, all the colors!!

  181. lulu says:

    Wow, this would be quite a place to stumble into, almost too much to take in in one visit. All of this work is done on fabric?

  182. wow she is an inspiration, an amazing artist.

  183. She is an amazing artist.
    Thanks for sharing this Great post.

  184. preetlari says:

    GOD,why didnt you make me an Ava???

  185. WOW – how incredibly inspiring. How fortunate that you were able to be there and experience her world in person. I’m so motivated and yet feel completely inadequate! I want to see more.

  186. mkglowe says:

    wow, amazing how a collection can turn into the walls and building

  187. shubhamc21 says:

    beautiful, amazing and incredible.. this is just awesome..
    check my blog too ๐Ÿ™‚

  188. Beautiful … Namaste ๐Ÿ™‚

  189. CLANCY OOPOW says:

    i love these photo’s, what a great place it would be to live in for the creative mind!

  190. wow, i can’t even imagine what it would be like to be surrounded by so much creative energies all the time. her house is fascinating…you could spend days in there it seems like, and not even see everything.

  191. Queen Linda says:

    Why would she have to bribe someone to spend the night? I’m surprised there’s not a waiting list. More of us should live this way. Congrats on FP; you did justice to her work.

  192. Methofelis says:

    This blew me away. I wish to someday be so immersed in my passions that this is the result.

  193. vitalpenghu says:

    Yes. Wow! Very cool, and yes I am jealous for once in my life…of you for meeting her, and her for being her. Cheers for the cool post.


  194. Cassie says:

    This is amazing. Like a modern day, hippie, Mrs Havisham from Charles Dickens.

  195. ramblebee says:

    Wowza! This is awesome! The building looks amazing, as does the art.

  196. omninkwell says:

    I gotta experience that. Wow!

  197. Great article โ€ฆThanks for your great information, the contents are quiet interesting. I will be waiting for your next post.

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  199. She is really something & such as space to live and create in!

  200. wenhuachan says:


  201. what a beautiful space.

  202. tabela says:

    hey this is great i like very very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  203. Clemmie King says:

    Ava, you have not one lazy bone in your entire body, nor any negative energy. Your “can-do” attitude and your accomplishments are astounding, and inspiring! I so enjoyed touring your studio and the surrounding grounds (the lake, etc). Thank you so much for sharing your talents and philosophy!

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  205. very nice and very abstract

  206. Incredible quest there. What happened after? Take care!

  207. preetlari says:

    Colour the world!leave NO place for HATE.

  208. wow she has a very unique perspective as an artist n is able to interpret what she sees n hears so vividly.

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