Pablo Picasso is quoted saying that “Every child is an artist…” My mom often reminds me of the first time she knew I was an artist (spoiler: it involves "paint" I found in my diaper and decided to decorate the walls with). I’m sure many of us have similar introductions to art at a young age, or maybe not, but Picasso knew that this instinctual form of expression would be tough to hold on to in our culture. His quote is finished by reminding us that “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we’ve grown up.”
As a licensed art educator, it’s always been my goal to encourage art at every age. Art is important, it is necessary, it is expressive, it is communicative, it is healing, and it is an integral part of who we are as people. After graduating from Purdue University and teaching in the public schools for 5 years, I am beyond thrilled to have a space to encourage on every aspect of art, for every age and ability.
While there are many dreams for this little studio, I am most excited to be able to give back to our community and offer programs to benefit everyone. Of course, none of this would be possible without the love and support of my God, my friends, my family, my husband and our two little artists.
Flourish Studio and Classroom has been, in every sense, a part of a bigger plan.
It all began with an idea that was on fire and would not be put out. After understanding that it was not going away, I decided to gauge interest (or see if anyone else thought that idea was as crazy as I did). I shared a survey with friends and local parent groups. The feedback was fast and loud. Fortunately, Ashley Jones, co-owner at Bloom Kids Co., had taken the survey and was interested in a potential partnership. From then, every detail throughout the evolution from idea to reality has been intricately designed by someone who knows much more about what they’re doing than I do.
I could write pages about the insane ways things have fallen together and been confirmed throughout this process, but I think I will just share one of my favorites. While trying to decide what to call this little studio, I knew that it had to be a name that symbolized growth. I tossed around ideas like ‘sprout’ or ‘spark’ and created 5 different name logos to try to help me decide. After a couple of weeks of going back and forth, I had just finished making a 6th logo, Flourish, when a close-friend sent me a sermon by Charles Stanley. In it, he referenced Psalm 92:12 ( 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God ). I was blown away by the timing, but the confirmations didn’t stop there. That evening, Ashley sent me an image she had seen and thought it would be a great studio name. Of course, it was Flourish as well. To top it all off, my husband had suggested the name, Flourish, for weeks. Being a stubborn wife, I dismissed his ideas. Long story short, I learned the name of the studio and that I should be more considerate of my husband, even if his delivery is a little rough. 😉
Flourish Studio & Classroom is a place for artists at all stages of development to learn and create art in a process-focused environment. Our mission is to enable our artists to grow in personal and artistic aspects by creating, rather than aspire to have a finished product all the same.
- Our studio values meaning in the process and purpose.
- We prioritize the needs of our community and those who are less fortunate.
- We strive to always be honest, understanding, empathetic and encouraging, and to create opportunity for all who enter to find their path to their best solution.
- Our goal is for this art studio to become a staple in the community and a platform to provide opportunity for programs that help people in need.