ARTini's Open Art Studio, Gallery & Lounge

ARTini's was once only a twinkle in my eye.
 
I have never owned my own business, though I've been the right hand (wo)man to a number of successful business owners. It's from them I've learned (almost) everything I know regarding business.
 
I graduated with a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998 and immediately moved to Atlanta. Fearful of  being a starving artist I took on administration positions, working my way up to Executive Assistant, and learning everything I could along the way. The more my "real job" demanded of me, the less I kept with my art. I did some small shows, but mostly sold direct or accepted commissions. 
 
Admin put food on the table. Art fed my soul. I've been involved in a number of industries; hospitality, manufacturing, retail, medical office and I feel that this diverse experience has provided me with the knowledge I need. I knew I would own my own business one day - I just didn't know what, when or where.
 
In June 2010, a friend told me about a painting experience she had while visiting Denver, CO. She was so excited to tell me about it she bubbled over with enthusiasm, "The music was turned up, we were drinking some wine and painting along and had the best time!" She suggested that perhaps this is what I do for myself. I shook my head. I don't know...owning my own business...I'm comfortable now...who needs the stress. And I shelved it. 
 
Long story short, the economy almost cost me my job with J House Media (Shout out because they are A-mazing!). Thankfully, it didn't. But it woke me up. It's time. It's time to do something I love every day and it's time to use the gift I was given to give back. It excites me that I am able to share art and bring it to everyone. 
 
And voila. ARTini's was born!


More About Us:

Kate Cook, Owner/Artist Instructor
I've been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil or brush, and my first legible image (which my parents still have) was of a woman. I took private instruction for pastel from the age of 8 to 12 and continued to take art lessons in grade school.  I went on to major in drawing and painting in college, during which I studied abroad in Tuscany, ultimately obtaining my BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 1998. My work has been featured throughout metro Atlanta with many pieces in private collections - primarily commissions for "body portraiture."
 
For my own art, I love painting the human form - and if you know me and my affinity for the color black, you'll be shocked to learn I love to use lots and LOTS of color in my artwork. As for ARTini's art, I have definitely learned to "let it go" and not worry about perfection. I've learned how to teach others to create, and in a way that is fun & memorable. And, in that people who come to our classes regularly do learn some technique and skills that stick with them. I love what I do and I hope it shows! Thank you for the continued support from our clients & community!
 

Ali Phillips, Artist Instructor
Born and raised in Watkinsville, Ga, I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by all types of artists. My family, friends, and neighbors have helped me develop skills from ceramics to photography through the past 28 years, but there’s something about painting that’s just down right messy fun! With a degree in art education from NGCSU, I hope to help navigate my students through the painting process/techniques with fun and entertainment. It makes my day when a student unlocks a new artistic ability and proudly posts their masterpiece. If you can dip a brush into paint, you can be an artist. Come paint with me and discover your creative side today! 

Thea Grindeland, Artist Instructor
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Jessi Nuss, Artist Instructor
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Elizabeth Boudreau, Artist Instructor
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