|Painting in my Corning, NY studio.|
I shared my story with the Finger Lakes Wine Country Magazine in their summer travel issue.
If you're local, the Finger Lakes Wine Country travel magazine is arriving in mailboxes and at information centers this week!
Here's my interview:
Sure the region is well known for world-class wines and picture-perfect landscapes, but did you know we're also home to businesses and industries that lead advances in science and technology? Finger Lakes Wine Country is a great place to live, work, and conduct business.
Read the stories of people who tapped into the wealth of business opportunities the region offers.
Bridget Bossart van Otterloo
Where were you born and raised?
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey.
What brought you to or kept you in this area?
I came to Corning after college to work as a Studio Apprentice to a well-known artist in the area - the late Thomas Buechner.
Why did you choose to start your business here?
My art business has evolved over time - I've build up clients, art appreciators, and students over the past 15 years here in the Finger Lakes area. It's an affordable and beautiful place for artists to live. I've always felt that the community here is very supportive of the arts.
What’s Finger Lakes Wine Country’s best kept secret?
The fantastic parks, waterfalls and trails around the lakes; plus, stopping for a beer or wine after taking in nature.
If someone were to tell you they were thinking about moving here and starting a business, what would be your best advice as to why they should do it?
It's a beautiful place to live and work. There are museums, great Main streets, gorgeous parks, and plenty to do without the crowdedness of a big city. The arts community here in Corning is very strong and growing fast.
You can access the digital version here: http://www.