FAIRBORN — For Terri Perkins, opening her own art studio is a dream come true.
As an aspiring artist, Perkins said she has always wanted to work in an art studio because of her experience at Sinclair Community College — taking classes, learning different ways to produce art and making friends. She entered many art student exhibits and has joined other galleries as a member.
“I thought that it would be great if I could open a gallery and invite many of my art friends to sell their works in it,” said Perkins.
The Fairborn Chamber of Commerce helped her celebrate the grand opening of the Terry Lynn Art Studio and Gallery March 21 at 415 West Main St.
“Currently in my gallery, I have around 20 local artists participating, trying to sell their artwork,” Perkins said. “I love looking around my gallery every day and admiring the works that are displayed on shelves, easels and on walls.”
The mother of three has always been involved with art, including giving her kids plenty of craft supplies when there were younger. Having spent many years around children, at church, Girl Scouts and as a parent volunteer at school, has led her to teaching her craft. She teaches ideas and painting concepts to those who want to learn how she creates her own works.
“I have the tendency to approach people and enjoy what they are making and encourage them to talk about their experience with whatever they made,” Perkins said. “I enjoy watching students create wonderful paintings on their own.”
She is also planning to offer more types of classes taught by other instructors and other art mediums.
“I am in the beginning stage of what is going to become an awesome place to hang out and create fun, whether it is by yourself during open lab, or when you come in with friends or family,” said Perkins. “There is much more to come.”