Owner of Girl UPcycled wants to ignite creative spark in others
ZANESVILLE – Kelly Wiler is, well, an ambassador – for art.
“I’m very passionate for art and the entire art world,” explained the artist, art teacher and owner of Girl UPcycled Studio.
“My goal,” she said, “is to spark creativity in every person that walks in the studio or sees a video on YouTube or Facebook. I hope they’re filled with courage to pick up a brush and know the world needs their creative voice to be heard.
“I want them to know this is a safe place, that they’re cheered on as they create.” she added. “I want them filled with fire inside. I also want to help put the spotlight on other artists, makers and creators in our area and see them thrive as well. I often feature other local artists within the studio and on my social sites.”
Wiler grew up in Zanesville. She started Girl UPcycled in 2012. She’s an artist who finds, she said, “well-made, vintage furniture and recreates the exterior by applying artistic finishes to them for a custom look. I also create canvas art on a daily basis that I sell, and I teach art locally and on online to a membership group every week.”
She wanted a studio, in other words, “where our community could gather together with their best friends and family to experience a creative evening, where they’re talking and laughing as they create something beautiful – but more importantly, creating memories for a lifetime.”
Still, she added, “The online world has been pivotal to the success of the studio in a time we’ve had to limit our local services due to the pandemic.”
“Kelly has created a niche market of art and creativity in Zanesville,” assessed Sandy Booth, a founding partner and working artist at The Art Loft. “Her intuitive art is innovative, yet still honors the history of the beautiful furniture she repurposes.
“She’s shared her love of art,” Booth added, “through teaching creative painting classes, both in-person and online, to hundreds of followers. Kelly’s been an inspiration to me and countless others through her bold expression of her passion for art.”
“I’m very pleased so far,” Wiler responded, “but I feel there’s so much more I can be doing to help promote our little town.
“Right before COVID hit,” she continued, “I was bringing artists and creators in from all over the U.S. to do special workshops. They were staying in our hotels, visiting our restaurants and local shops. I feel this is a win-win, not only for my studio, but for all the surrounding businesses.
“My goal,” she concluded, “is to be able to continue that focus as soon as we’re able to get business back to normal.”
Girl UPcycled Studio is located at 126 Muskingum Ave. Unit C. For more information, call 740-297-0656 or log on www.girlupcycledstudio.com.
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