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Guest Post: Hope in Art Studio

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan Purple Iris

Hi folks,
I am pleased to introduce myself… as one of Rochester Artisans’ Artists. My name is Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan owner of Hope In Art Studio, located in Anderson Alley on Goodman and Anderson St in Rochester.

I have been painting since 1988 when I was introduced to Decorative Painting by a co-worker and have worked in acrylics doing Decorative Painting (furniture, faux finishes, canvas) ever since. A few years back I was introduced to colored pencil taking my first class with Jean Stephens here in Rochester. I was hooked! This medium has become my very favorite to work in because it is the most meditative medium for me and I love the detail I am able to achieve with it. I do some watercolor and oil too.

I have been teaching at Monroe Community College in health Education for 15 years or so and have also taught art ever since I facilitated art night when working in drug treatment as a Recreation Therapist in the late 80’s.

Currently, at my studio I teach Zentangle Workshops the first Monday of every month. This is an art form that is very easy to learn and renders impressive results quite quickly. It’s use of repetitive patterns to create beautiful images. It enhances ones ability to focus yet is lighthearted and very fun!

Third Sundays of the month I facilitate Mandala Healing Art Workshops. Creating Mandalas is a mindful-based practice in which participants engage in a few short meditations to become more centered and to reduce the clutter of the mind. There is usually a theme … anything from “Connecting to the Light” to “forgiveness” but always something our hearts can relate to and something nourishing for soul.

Couples Create Night is a unique and creative evening out with your partner whereby you “connect” with your partner in a novel way by painting one painting on a double canvases that you can display side by side. I will guide you slowly through painting with acrylic on canvas. Guaranteed to win you some points! Wine is served.

Ladies, you can reserve your own Girls Night Out. In this relaxed atmosphere you and your friends will be guided through painting a set of wine glasses, tea box or birdhouse. Bring some wine and munchies to enjoy. This is a great night for team building groups too.

Wine Caddy

No experience is necessary for any of these events. Everyone is welcome but you can be guaranteed a wonderful and inspiring experience at Hope In Art Studio.

To reserve classes go to my Hope in Art Studio website.
You can also email me or give me a call at 585.727.4574.

I hope we get to work together soon!

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan

Hope in Art Classes Announced


Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan is happy to announce her fall line-up of classes, to take place in her Hope in Art Studio, now located in Anderson Alley. Anderson Alley Artists is a community of artists with studios on the second, third, and fourth floors of the Anderson Arts Building (a former shoe factory) at 250 N. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY

Zentangle Classes
Every 1st Monday of month – 6:30pm, $30.00

Mandala Art Workshops
Every 3rd Thursday of month – 6-9pm, $30.00

Painting for “Pooches”
Every 4th Friday @ 6:30 till we’re tired
$60.00 per couple
Proceeds to benefit Lollypop Farm

Acrylic Classes every Tues from 1-3:30pm
(run in 6 wk sessions $145.00)

Colored Pencil every Thurs from 1-3pm
(run in 6 wk sessions $120.00)

Schedule your own Girls Night Out
Bring munchies and wine
Paint a set of beautiful wine glasses
$20.00 per person

Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan
Anderson Alley, Suite 209
250 N. Goodman Street
Rochester NY 14607


Hope in Art Studio


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.
Comfy Space
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.

Chickadee & Birdhouse Tray

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.

Painted  Bangles

Check out Lesley’s March class schedule. Lots of photos abound – I think you’ll be inspired to try something new!

Birds Nest Chair

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