Busy-Being opened as a brick and mortar shop in the back
room of Austin’s former “Domy Books” in November 2011. Carrying the work of
friends and artists she admires, Abramson has utilized her deep relationships
within the art world to fill her retail space with merchandise that was previously
not offered in Austin. In the Fall of 2012 Busy-Being launched it’s community
workshop program, offering courses led by local and visiting artists. Members of the community are invited to jump in
and use Busy-Being as a platform for creativity and
collaboration. Busy-Being welcomes your workshop proposals, please email
inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
In February 2013 Busy-Being reloctaed to it's current location to share storefront space with Solid Gold a women's clothing boutique in East Austin owned by Katie Friedman spealizing in women's clothing and accessories (and now we're like really excellent roommates).
Amber Abramson is a curator from Los Angeles, who relocated to Austin, TX in the summer of 2011. After studying fashion design and product development at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco, she became the gallery director and buyer of "fourxfour,” an art gallery with an attached retail store in Los Angeles on top of being the sister gallery to the Philadelphia’s “222 gallery.” The space focused on the work of an international group of young, up and coming artists. Abramson ventured out on her own several years later to focus on the small company and side project she had begun from home in 2004; Busy-Being.com, an online store / gallery focusing on limited edition and artisan-made products created by the artists and friends with whom she had worked alongside over the years. In addition to Busy-Being, she has curated numerous art exhibitions for galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Mexico City, including art campaigns with Nike, inc. and other special interest groups. She is currently the Associate Director of New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, where she has been working side by side (and now from her shop in Austin) with owner, Marsea Goldberg, since 2007.