Artists Guild making a business out of artistic instruction

"Another piece of the arts puzzle has found its way onto Bay Street with the opening of the Bay Street Artist's Guild.Sue Ann Martin-Smith and Amy Epstein have teamed up to teach adults and children about art. They opened the studio/classroom on July 5. Epstein, originally from San Fransico, says, I came to Port Orchard with two college degrees. I should be teaching art in the public schools, but I want to teach my own style. The Artist Guild inspires the young and old at heart. We're a workshop for artists, adults and children, Epstein said. We have different activities which include book binding, hat making, drawing, painting, and collages.Part of what makes teaching satidfying for Epstein is seeing people happy with their faces lit up. She said, What inspires me is when students communicate through their art. Besides getting more students, the Bay Street Artist Guild hopes to integrate art into more places in the community. Right now, the school serves about 50 students. We'd like to see our place get bigger, Epstein said. And we'd also like to bring the visual arts into other places in the community.The classes at the Bay Street Artist Guild vary depending on the activity, but generally they average about ten dollars a person or $40 for a four-week class.Nalatie Hunt is a news intern at the Independent. "

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