Spirited Art Studio Celebrates First Year In Chattanooga

Monday, July 15, 2013

Chattanooga’s cultural and art community inspired Alabama native Emily Hopper to relocate to the Scenic City to open the nation’s fifth Spirited Art studio. This month, Spirited Art celebrates their one-year anniversary in Chattanooga. Spirited Art, at 1925 Gunbarrel Road, offers step-by-step painting classes to individuals of all ages and skill levels. 

Knowing letters, shapes and colors are the only tools needed to succeed at Spirited Art, officials said.  Local artists lead each class as students learn to paint and enjoy a fun, social evening. Adult are welcome to bring wine and snacks to enjoy during class.

In their first year, Spirited Art has become a part of the community, donating over $8,000 to local non-profit organizations and schools through monthly fundraising classes and other donations.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a part of the Chattanooga community and to offer such a fun and positive art experience,” said Ms. Hopper, owner of Chattanooga’s Spirited Art studio. “I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in this first year and I’m looking forward to many more.”

Whether it’s a kid’s birthday party, girls’ night out, school/church party, or corporate team-building session, Spirited Art provides and fun and creative atmosphere where anyone can become an artist and leave with their own hand-painted masterpiece, officials said.

Spirited Art will host an open house, sponsored by the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. with a celebratory painting class to follow at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend the open house; reservations are required to attend the painting class.

Adult classes are $35 and kids classes are $25, with special discount rates for private parties. For more information, visit www.myspiritedart.com or call 531-6ART (6278).

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