Report: Spring Studio to Close After Nearly 3 Decades of Art Lessons

Posted on: July 30th, 2019 at 5:04 am by

For nearly three decades, artist Minerva Durham has been offering art lessons to the community through her Spring Studio. Now it’s about to end.

At the end of this week, Durham will give up her shoebox-sized (550 square-foot) home at 293 Broome Street. The Wall Street Journal confirmed last Thursday that the 80-year-old artist can no longer afford the $8,500 monthly rent.

Durham, a St. Louis native who moved to the city in 1977, founded Spring Studio fifteen years later in the basement of 62 Spring. Her spe­cialty is fig­ure draw­ing in classes with mod­els, with the goal of helping students un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the hu­man form.

The same rent hike that ultimately forced Spring Street Natural to relocate three years ago, also played a part in the studio’s move to 293 Broome. Here, the curriculum was offering twenty classes per week at reasonable rates.

Meanwhile, Durham is now scoping out other (less expensive) real estate for a Spring Studio return.

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