Two Maplewood Art Studios Offer Creative Outlets for Artists of All Abilities

 In Culture, Guide

Art is a form of mental, emotional and physical stimulation and creative rejuvenation, and two art studios in Maplewood are ensuring that artists of all abilities have the opportunity to create.

These not-for-profit studios provide a variety of mediums and classes for participants as well as a staff of professional instructors to assist artists of all levels in creating work in an uplifting, nurturing and positive environment. Both studios participate in exhibits, art fairs and events, and all money raised goes back to the artists themselves.

Living Arts Studio
Living Arts Studio is an inclusive space for creative work that offers workshops, classes, events and open studio time. Individuals receive one-on-one guidance, encouragement and support during art classes. Every Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Living Arts hosts open studio hours for a select number of artists who are members. As a member of the studio, artists participate in group projects, collaborate with peers and receive feedback from facilitators. 

They work with a variety of mediums and classes range from watercolor and quilting to slow stitching, punch needle work and more. Many artists develop working portfolios that are later exhibited and sold. Facilitators offer in-home creative care experiences and bring their materials to the artist. Private lessons in sewing, quilting, fiber arts and surface design are also available. The studio can also be rented out for individual artists, small groups, workshops and events like birthday parties or staff development workshops. 

Living Arts Studio’s second annual talent show is coming up this winter on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. For $40, tickets include a handmade ceramic bowl or cup, soup, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, a silent auction and, of course, a fun performance put on by the artists. Visit the website to purchase tickets and stay up-to-date on future events.

2814 Sutton Blvd.

Artists First
Artists First is an art gallery and inclusive art studio that offers a platform to grow through creative self-expression socially, intellectually and emotionally. The studio maintains a positive and inclusive environment by incorporating a holistic philosophy that focuses on the individual strengths, talents and skills of artists. 

Two Maplewood Art Studios Offer Creative Outlets for Artists of All Abilities

Image courtesy of Artists First.

The Artists First team is a group of four professionals with previous experience working with diverse populations and those on a spectrum of abilities. Artists use a number of mediums including paint, leather, ceramics and 3D creations through repurposed, found and donated goods. Proceeds from the sale of all artworks goes directly to the artists. The organization offers a variety of classes, including the Adult Open Studio, Lifeworks, Integrated Youth Open Studio, Artists First for Veterans and more. 

The work of Artists First participants has been exhibited in public venues like the St. Louis Lambert International Airport, the Kranzberg Art Center, local art festivals and more. The website keeps an updated list of events, ranging from exhibitions to art fairs around town.

7190 Manchester Road

Featured image courtesy of Artists First.

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