By Katherine McGrath
Photography: Ben Petchel

An eclectic mix of 200 guests gathered in Homestead to celebrate the long-awaited opening of Studio AM. Artist Baron Batch and his curator Sean Beauford created the vibrant space for artists, entrepreneurs, and the entire community to enjoy. “Everything that night was one big piece of art,” Batch says of the opening. “It was a mixture of a lot of intrigue and excitement.” Studio AM’s resident Chef Steve was also excited to create a mouth-watering spread of phyllo treats with fillings like goat cheese, bacon, and cheddar to pair with Boyd & Blair Vodka drinks. The good vibes spread out onto the streets, breathing life and energy into the Business Avenue that Homestead hasn’t seen in 40 years. The gallery works to change the mentality of Homestead and to re-shape the community’s perception. Batch and his team are already collaborating with other local businesses, creating a beer-dinner series with Voodoo Brewery and hosting music nights with neighboring restaurant Dorothy Six Blast Furnace Café. “Everyone in the community is learning their role, and we’re all working towards the same thing,” Batch says. “We’re not competing. We’re just helping each other out.” 

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