Ragamuffin Studio® original paintings www.nancypeidelstein.com Sustainability/Environmental Statement My paintings are meant to provide years of joy and interest. Steps to reduce energy use in the studio: Much of the art work is completed on site. Measures have been taken to upgrade insulation, lighting, and the general use of utilities. The space is enrolled in our energy provider’s renewable energy program. Materials: Throughout my career, I have mostly worked with cotton canvas, pine stretchers, water (all renewable resources), a relatively small amount of metal hardware, and paint. Though I have no scientific data, I believe there is less plastic in the paintings representing my entire life’s work, to the date of this writing, than there is in 8 plastic lawn chairs. I try to purchase paints that do not require warnings on the label. I take care, when painting with (linseed) oil, to minimize the use of solvents. A limited amount of varnish/fixative/mats/plastic frames, are used to give the paintings suitable display qualities and longevity. Modes of transportation: I spend a great deal of time on foot. Though automotive and air travel are sometimes necessary, I often opt for rail or other shared services, when available. Delivery of paintings: Many of my sales are handled here in Baraboo, in-person, and require little transport on my part. Other pieces are shipped in customary fashion. In these cases, the policies of the carriers determine environmental impact. Since I’m shipping one-of-a-kind pieces, careful handling is typically the most important consideration.
Removal of barriers to access Studio visits are customized. Advising of pertinent special needs, when scheduling a visit, can help both the client. and the artist, to be more prepared from the outset. Mobility: Ramped approach; an entry threshold is approximately 2” high x 32” wide, for which an additional ramp can be provided. Zero clearance access to restroom. Limited Baraboo “house calls” can be arranged.