- Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 20:39
- Written by Super User
By: Mitchell Houska
The Artful Living Group is an innovative and multi-faceted art center. It’s like an art bazaar. Wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling, there is barely an empty spot in the store that’s not covered with art.
Artful Living opened its doors on February 14th, 2011 and has become the premier showcase for local art and artists. They offer affordable, fun and functional artworks from hundreds of artists from local area and around the region. From home décor to wearable art to garden art and fine gifts, Artful Living has something for everyone. The retail space is located on the ground floor and on the second floor are studios for local artists and clients to work out of.
Artful Living is owned and operated by, Chris Higgins, who is a silversmith and jewelry designer and creates one-of-a-kind jewelry using precious metals and stones; Mo Linquist, who offers “personal place” design consulting for interior decorating, feng shui and green living; and Janet Knott, who brings her marketing skills to the team and works in several mediums, such as acrylics, fabrics and calligraphy. Susie Linquist is their resident photographer and specializes in wedding, boudoir and baby photography.
The Artful Living Group boasts a collection of works from more than 250 artists in their retail shop. Every month, Artful Living presents an exhibit of the works of a different featured artist.
The artist is introduced at an opening reception on the first Thursday of every month. Artworks are sold on consignment for local artists and works are available in just about every medium you can think of. If you can’t make it down to the store, they have an online version of the shop, where you can browse local works and place orders for purchases. Inventory changes daily and there is always something new and exciting to check out.
Artful Living Group allows an inside glimpse into the creative process of resident artists working in their studios. Come down to their shop and watch them work in their personal studios. They also offer creative workshops that are open to all and taught by local artists.
If you’re looking for something specific or like a piece but would like it changed somewhat, the artists can customize a piece to fit your wants and needs.
On Wednesdays, Artful Living hosts BYOB art classes. You can bring your favorite wine, beer or drinks to the studio and join in the fun, while creating your own masterpiece. They will provide you with projects and all the supplies you’ll need. To sign up for the classes, you can call them directly or check the schedule on their website. The workshops are designed to expand your own creative potential.
“From hands-on instructions in painting, mosaic and stained glass, to classes exploring the possibilities in your life through intention board creation, feng shui integration and cultivating core connections to aim high and live life boldly,” Artful Living can help you find your artistic calling and open your eyes to the innate artistry of your life.