Shauna Lee Lange ~ Art Church is pleased to announce a 2014 expansion and partnership with Artist Joy Hellman who will head Art Church North Carolina. Art Church seeks to inspire and inform creatives who are working at the intersections of Faith, Art and Culture. Joy’s inspirational websites are listed below.
Joy is a well-versed and seasoned multimedia artist. She works in a variety of media: fibers, wire, glass, as well as clay, and also oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, collage, digital and mixed media. She is always experimenting and exploring in both traditional art materials as well as recyclables. At Joy’s studio, you’ll find her writing, thinking, creating and teaching all things art to both children and adults. She facilitates many unique and exciting creative workshops and muse groups.
Joy is a seeker both in spiritual philosophy and art. A lifetime student and lover of learning, she is a vibrant channel for the Creative Spirit. When her Joy of Art Studio began, she was only aware that she loved art and wanted to share what she knew and wanted to work in the creative field. Joy had no experience in teaching or working with groups of kids, so she began by working with organizations and volunteering. She says,
“I feel that this was wonderful and incredibly valuable way to gain experience. As I worked with kids, I discovered the power of art. I did not have my own space and a limited number of students. I decided to go into my own business having neither idea nor knowledge of how to go about it. I just took a step, came up with my name Joy of Art mainly because my name is Joy and with the loving belief and support of my husband jumped into the unknown…. . I believe that in doing something that is risky, it is important to take a leap of faith even if you do not know what you are doing.”
Joy ran her business in an office building while she built it up. The rent was very inexpensive and she was blessed to have support while she gained experience and students. It was a day-to-day process of learning through doing and after ten years of being there, she gradually moved into a studio and now has a viable and growing teaching and art business that comes from the heart.
If Joy were to give any advice to someone who wanted to create their dream, it would be to believe, and take a leap of faith. She is still learning by doing…whether it is launching a new art program for kids, creative workshops for women, videos, newsletters, creating her own website, blogs, social networking, working with a new digital gadget….whatever she feels moved and inspired to do. Joy asks North Carolina to remember, it is always a learning curve but very possible. Anyone can do it. All you need to do is believe in yourself, your passion, the hand of God, and then … jump!