In 1983 Becky Thatcher and
Ananda Bricker invited all the artists they knew (including
Suzanne Wilson) to a potluck at Ananda’s beach on Glen Lake.
This group, informally organized, then met every Thursday
morning at the Soda Shop (now the Western Avenue Grill) to
discuss plans on how to market their art. The following year
five studios opened, with several artists exhibiting at each
place. Between 1984 and 1986 a Co-Op Gallery was established,
first at The Homestead in a seasonally empty ski warming house
and two years later in the Arbor Light Building – becoming the
first art Gallery in Glen Arbor.
When the Wescott property
on Lake Street was offered for sale, Ananda Bricker, Suzanne
Wilson and Midge Obata were captivated by its central location
and by its majestic trees. The trio bought four of the lots
offered. Midge bought the house and the building that became the
Thread Shed. Ananda and Suzanne formed a partnership and
together bought the garage property.