Two decades after opening her own studio and creating her own recognizable style and brand, Lisa Regan is continuing to make sparks fly.
The metal artist and owner of the Garden Deva Sculpture Co., 317 S. Trenton Ave., is known by many for her playful designs of children and whimsical shapes seen around Tulsa in yards and gardens, various schools and at the Tulsa Botanic Garden’s Children’s Discovery Garden. Before the end of the year, Regan and her studio will undergo transformations.
“I had been wanting to downsize it and just do internet sales to get a better handle on the space and do more of the design,” she said about the business.
After a serendipitous meeting with two Louisiana transplants, which she describes as a sort of divine intervention, she brought on business partners to help her carry out her plans.
Greg and Penny Hackbarth will be the new faces at the Garden Deva Sculpture Co. going forward, along with their daughter Kari who helped bring the new partnership together. The Hackbarths will help transition the business to its new location a few blocks away in the Pearl District at 1326 E. Third St.
The Hackbarths, who have owned and operated various businesses over the years, had been wanting to take on a more creative venture. They wanted to do something that would let them be more creative but not necessarily be involved in the designing process.
“We just fell in love with it as soon as we stepped inside the studio. It’s just magical,” Greg Hackbarth said. “Once we started chatting, everyone knew this was perfect.”
Their expertise in finance and real estate put them in the best position to come on board as partners in the business and leave the creative elements to Regan. Kari Hackbarth will handle marketing for the business.
Regan likened running the business as living out an Alanis Morrisette song. There are various challenges that arise day-to-day and added that it feels like she has been running uphill for a long time.
“I love being an entrepreneur and making the decisions, but I never worked for anyone else since I was a teenager. I started this in my 30s,” she explained. “It’s the paperwork and taxes, all that stuff that nobody sees — it’s super exhausting.”
For Penny Hackbarth, the opportunity to work with Regan couldn’t have come at a better time. Moving an entire business is not only overwhelming, but also turning it into a new home for the Garden Deva Sculpture Co. adds stress to the equation. She’s happy knowing that they’ll be there to help her along the way.
“We want to bring that ambiance right into that new space,” Penny Hackbarth said. “We certainly want to keep the magical aspect of it. We’re going to maintain that with Lisa’s experience. She’ll be right there. She created it, and it’s all about her happy spirit and what she shares with Tulsa.”
Renovations on the new location will keep the gallery feel with other artists and maintain the studio as an event space. The new space will also feature an updated retail area to showcase Regan and other Tulsa artists.
Fans can expect to see new looks and pieces coming out of the studio, including a line of devas with jewelry, wood devas for the home and everyone’s favorite garden fixtures.
Through the new partnership, Regan will remain a fixture at the Garden Deva Sculpture Co. with her own space to create artwork, one-of-kind commissions and experiment with some new designs.
“It’s such a beautiful thing. People love what I am doing now, but I can’t get away from it. As an artist, I also want to go in another direction with my art, and now I can afford to do that,” Regan said. “I have some new work that I love. It’s very organic, other-earthly. I hope to do more of that kind of work — welding, hammering and sculpting.”
The Hackbarths have always been interested in supporting the arts and local artists.
“It’s a passion of ours,” Greg Hackbarth said. “Lisa’s work is so prolific, and it’s amazing what she has done to date. We’re excited about the new partnership and to see what happens going forward.”
The move will start after renovations are complete, and the Hackbarths are hoping it will be a smooth transition without having to close the studio. The new space is smaller, but it will include production, gallery and studio spaces.
“It’s gonna be better space with a little different vibe,” Regan said. “There are gonna be tons of changes but all for the good.”
Jessica Rodrigo 918-581-8482