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New art studio a working 'act of faith'

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Lisa Butler believes “a work of art is an act of faith.”

And she is taking a leap of faith in opening her own art studio just off the Public Square. The studio is located at 122 N. Spring St., next door to Appleton’s Creative Framers.

“This is an act of faith for me to open a new business,” Butler said.

Since moving to Murfreesboro from Jackson, Miss., 15 years ago, Butler has used her artistic abilities to paint murals, custom canvases and furniture for customers out of her home.

Butler said she has always been creative and liked to create art on her own timeframe. In sixth grade, she started her own business by painting teddy bears on clipboards for friends. She sold them for $10.

But, Butler never saw herself opening her own studio.

“I just wanted to do something else,” she simply said of her decision to do so.

“I love teaching,” Butler added later. “That is just kind of me to do stuff like that. It is part of who I am."

Teaching part time is the best of both worlds for Butler. It gives her flexibility and the freedom to be with her children with the outlet of teaching.

The concept behind Butler’s classes is providing a quick and simple way to create a painting in one class session.

Butler, who has a degree in art education, said it doesn’t even matter if the student doesn’t have any artistic ability he or she can still come out of a class with a treasured work of art.

“It is for fun,” she said. “It is easy.”

Butler uses quick and easy techniques to teach her students how to paint colorful, whimsical paintings. Step by step Butler teaches her students to paint by using shapes.

“I just try to make it very simplistic,” she said. “Everybody’s is not going to look the same.”

And that is more than OK, Butler said.

Evening classes are $28, which includes supplies, and are from 7-9 p.m. In the first class titled “Rock Around the Clock.” students will paint the top of Rutherford County’s Historic Courthouse. That class is slated for May 19.

Alicia Nedrow, one of Butler’s mural clients, plans to take one of Butler’s classes because she loves Butler’s colorful and simplistic paintings.

“I am not very artistic, but I would like to be able to be,” she said, adding that she thinks Butler will make it easy.

Nedrow also plans to get her children, who are 10, 6 and 4 years old, involved in painting.

“They can all go and do something creative,” she said.

Faithful Strokes is holding a number of summer camps for children this summer including the Little Van Gogh camp for children in kindergarten through third grade. Dates are June 9-11 or June 16-18 from 10 a.m.-noon. The cost is $75 for a three-day session.

Other camps will be held later in the summer for the same age group and for older children.

Faithful Strokes also is available for date nights, mom’s day out and birthday parties.

Erin Edgemon can be reached at 869-0812 and at eedgemon@murfreesboropost.com.

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