MyArt finds more space on Main Street

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Buffe Challand pauses in the new MyArt studio at 144 N. Main St. (Submitted photo)

By Heather Lusk

It’s the third and hopefully last stop for Buffe Challand, owner of the Zionsville location of MyArt, who has moved her studio to 144 N. Main Street.

“My idea has always been to grow the business,” she said. “We’ve moved around a lot, but for me that equals growth.”

The studio is behind a red door at 143 South First Street and occupies the back half of a Main Street building. The front room overlooks the patio of Cobblestone, accessible through another red door. The studio was once the kitchen for Inga’s Popcorn.

MyArt offers art instruction for people of all ages. Challand said the new location will allow her to add more classes for teens and adults.

Most recently, the studio was a few blocks north, but the building layout was not ideal. The two art rooms could accommodate up to 20 students, but demand for more attendees for parties and events made space a challenge.

The remodeled property includes a loft for a ceramics class and more light than the previous locations.

“There’s so much opportunity for me to grow and to change (here),” she said, noting that she can now accommodate 40 people.

With restaurant Cobblestone and women’s clothing retailer Southern Fancy being close neighbors, Challand expects to partner with both in the future to utilize the studio’s physical connections.

The front room will become a retail store of local and Etsy handmade art. Challand got her start at craft fairs and understands the challenges artists face.

“I know what it’s like trying to have a venue where you can sell your art,” she said.

MyArt will host an open house and student art show May 12 during Brick Street Market.

Information about summer camps and adult classes can be found at myartindy.com/ZionsvilleArtClasses.htm.

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