The Paint Barn now open for aspiring artists

Staff at The Paint Barn hosted a grand-opening celebration for the business Saturday at 122 E. Flint Hills Blvd. in Grandview Plaza. Pictured, from left, are Kitty Mallard, owner Terri Seaman, Rebecca Basil and Elena Thompson. Seaman said the staff will wear black so aspiring artists taking classes there are not distracted.

Aspiring painters can now perfect their skills at The Paint Barn, which opened Saturday in Grandview Plaza.

Owner Terri Seaman said The Paint Barn’s classes will be available to any aspiring artists, regardless of their talent level or art background.

“If you have no skills or are a Picasso in training, we’ll help you,” Seaman said.

Seaman and several of her staffers hosted a grand-opening celebration for The Paint Barn Saturday at 122 E. Flint Hills Blvd. The studio’s first class will be held Friday, Dec. 7. Classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors can bring wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for designated drivers, Seaman said. The studio will host classes for kids on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

“We’re only charging $25 per class for all classes until Christmas,” Seaman said. “We also have senior and military discounts.”

Seaman studied art and painting at Kansas State University. She had been keeping her eye on the facility at 122 E. Flint Hills Blvd. — which was previously utilized as a gas station, a thrift store and a liquor store — for quite a while.

“It’s been vacant for three or four years,” Seaman said. “We saw potential in the building and the location.”

Seaman acquired the building in September, and has been working hard to renovate it.

“We’ve been in here 12-15 hours per day, clearing it out and re-painting it,” Seaman said. “I think people who saw it before the renovations are going to be really surprised. It’s so much different than what it was.”

Seaman currently has four teachers on her staff, and they come from various backgrounds. Elena Thompson is from Indiana, and recently moved to the area when her husband was stationed at Fort Riley.

“I used to work in a nursing home where they taught art,” Thompson said.

Kitty Mallard specializes in large murals, and enjoys painting night scenes and children’s themes.

“I learned from my parents, who painted homes for a living,” Mallard said.

The Paint Barn’s website should be online sometime this week, Seaman said, and those interested in classes can now visit facebook.com/thepaintbarnjc/.

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