MARQUETTE — Carol Baker and Dori Weber wanted to provide a solution to a common problem for creative people — constantly having to move their watercolor paints, beading kits or scrapbooking supplies from one space to another.
The pair recently opened The Art Room, a collaborative space located in the northeast corner of Marquette Elementary School, 310 Swedonia St.
“We had had taken a class at the McPherson Arts Commission and were talking about how we would love to have something in Marquette,” Baker said. “...We kind of put some ideas together and formed a board.”
The Art Room has supplies for its patrons to use for creative projects — from a die-cut machine and a pottery wheel to stencils and colored paper.
“We’d like to have clay for purchase — or even individual sheets of watercolor (paper) or canvases,” Baker said.
The Art Room also holds a library of art books that can be checked out and used for ideas.
“We want people to relax and learn a little bit, too,” Weber said.
The pair keeping a running wish list of supplies on a large white board.
“We cross things off and we add more to it,” Weber said.
The list includes big things like a printer and electric pottery wheel, along with smaller items like brushes, spray bottles, tape and dish soap. Any donations of extra art supplies — in good condition — would be welcome, Baker and Weber said.
Both women emphasized that The Art Room is open to people of all ages, though there may be children-only and adult-only times scheduled.
Baker and Weber hope to offer classes at The Art Room as well as open times for project work. Since they are the only volunteer assistants at present, the hours of operation — which are posted regularly to a Facebook group — are limited.
The Art Room sells punchcards for its patrons to use in several increments — $45 for 20 visits, $80 for 40 visits or $90 for 50 visits. The punchcards are transferable.
Not only does The Art Room offer plenty of room for artists to work on projects, it also features space to store supplies or leave artwork that needs time to dry.
“You don’t have to pick (your project) up off the dining room table and get dinner ready, you can come back and continue on,” Weber said.
The Art Room provides a place for artists, no matter what medium they use, to both work and socialize with each other.
“It’s a good way to get together and get out of the house,” Weber said.
For more information about The Art Room or to inquire about becoming a volunteer assistant, join the group on Facebook.
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