Starting Artists, Inc.

December Events

A Message from Marisa


As some of you have heard, Starting Artists is saddened to announce that we will not be providing programs during the spring of 2011.

The organization will not dissolve and we will continue to answer emails and act as a resource for students.  But in January, we will be going a hiatus due to three main factors:

- Our lease here at 211 Smith Street is up and we have not yet found a donated space to become our new home.

- Several of our funding sources have unfortunately cut funding because of the economy and we have not been able to make up the lost revenue.

- Our Executive Director, Marisa, has decided to transition out of the organization because she and her husband will be joining the Peace Corps next summer and serving as volunteers for over 2 years in Central or South America.  Congratulations to Marisa & Paul – we look forward to hearing all about your adventures and good work abroad!

To read Marisa’s detailed message to the SA community, please click here.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Lacey or Marisa for more information.  Visit our Art Programs Resource Guide Page to learn about other local art programs and contests.

SA Farewell Finale: Student Gallery Show & Party, December 16


As you know, the end of December will bring a close to Starting Artists’s doors.  Please join us for a celebration of Starting Artists that will truly be the culmination of 5 years of programs and hundreds of starting artists’ hard work & creative energy! We want to go out with a bang – so bring your good cheer & happy SA memories, connect with friends both old & new, and view artworks created by current SA students this fall.  Our students in the Afterschool Program have been working hard all semester, learning new programs and techniques to create works of art and to stretch themselves as artists.

All past & present students, parents, and community members are invited to the SA Farewell Finale & Gallery Show on Thursday, December 16th from 6pm – 8pm.

What: SA Farewell Finale & Gallery Show
When: Thursday, December 16
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Starting Artists, 211 Smith Street

211 Smith Street: Packing & Tag Sale


It’s always hard to say good-bye, but it’s even more difficult to pack!  As you all know, cleaning and packing all of our supplies here at 211 Smith Street will be a challenge.  Please roll up your sleeves & volunteer your time as we pack up the studio and move everything out – your efforts will be much appreciated!

Another way to help is to shop our Tag Sale!  As we pack and move, we will be selling much of SA’s equipment that is too difficult to move or store.  Here’s your chance to take a piece of SA home with you or to snag some art supplies, furniture, or office supplies at a great price!  Email Lacey if you are interested in a particular item, or browse during our packing hours.

Sign up as a volunteer and/or shop our Tag Sale on:
* Friday, December 17th from 2pm – 7pm
* Saturday, December 18th from 12pm – 5pm
* Sunday, December 19th from 12 – 5pm

Stay tuned – we may add additional packing hours if needed.  Thank you!

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