Gail Ockerbloom Freeman opened Studio on the Common, a community space dedicated to creativity, connection, and art in October 2015. Part creative space and part gift shop, Studio on the Common has since been a community buzz spot for its highly appreciated art programs for children and adults; its hosting of community gatherings, private events, and business team off-sites; and for its very selective gift items.
Interview with Gail Ockerbloom Freeman
Tell me a little about yourself and how you started Studio on the Common.
I’m from Winchester, I grew up here, I went to Winchester schools all my life and I actually have worked in high-tech and not-for-profits in the healthcare field since I graduated from Boston College. But I also was a camper and had a grandfather who ran a camp and I’ve also always loved to be around art and creativity. In my work, I was responsible for strategy and business planning and marketing, all of which drew upon creativity and innovation to help differentiate a business or develop a strategy that would actually work. I have always wanted to open something in Winchester that would be a place of creativity and could combine some of what I did as a camper with some of what I did as a business woman and some of what I did as a leader in a not-for-profit organization trying to change healthcare around the world. And this is where I ended up! I’m also pretty convinced that it’s communities that really change things and so I feel very privileged to be in the midst of the community trying to figure out a business!