The first thing I’m going to tell you about meeting Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan is she has 2 adorable dogs. I met her at our February Rochester Artisans Gathering at Outside the Box Art Gallery. She has a studio on the 2nd floor and when she offered a tour of her studio, I jumped at the chance. Her two little dogs are very at home in the entire building – what a great life!
The second thing I’m going to tell you is that Hope in Art Studio smells like heaven.
Her studio is so welcoming – between the friendly doggies, the sweetly scented air and the comfy couch, I could have stayed for hours.
But Hope in Art Studio and Lesley are about so much more.
Hope In Art Studio is located in Canal Works, 1000 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY.
The studio offers classes and workshops in acrylics, colored pencil, Decorative Art (painting on wood, glass, tin), Mandala Art, Zentangle Art, Couples Night, Painting for Pooches, and Girls Night Out.
I have been painting for 28 years and have taught Art many of those years as well as teaching health Education at Monroe Community College. Learning how to paint is possible for anyone. Learning technique and tools are the key. I have found Art to be a form of “therapy or a “healing” outlet in my life and sharing that possibility with others is my passion. It is challenging, exciting, stimulating, satisfying, healing and a wonderful form of expressing oneself. The fact that you can share your works with friends and family, that it boosts your confidence and gives you a sense of pride just adds to the ways it can ENRICH your life.
More recently I have become interested in Meditative/Healing/Expressive Arts. After studying at the Omega Institute of Alternative Healing in Rhinebeck, New York, I have begun offering Mandala Healing Workshops in an effort to share the peace and “still” that can be found through this creative modality. I experienced a spiritual awakening through Mandala work and cannot keep this to myself! Zentangle Art is similar in its meditative nature and its ability to “soothe” . Zentangle is wonderful for folks who have trouble focusing of all ages. It’s an incredible practice for those that feel they aren’t artistic because the patterns are repetitive but render beautiful works of Art.
Check out Lesley’s March class schedule. Lots of photos abound – I think you’ll be inspired to try something new!