Get creative at Always Find the Art

Get creative at Always Find the Art

Rachel Gorman of Blackstone and Rebekah Cartier of Shrewsbury, Mass., are the owners of Always Find the Art, a new art studio now open at 43 Main St. in Blackstone.

BLACKSTONE – For Rachel Gorman and Rebekah Cartier, owners of Always Find the Art studio on Main Street, making art isn’t about following a strict set of guidelines. Instead, it’s about using the materials around you to get the creative juices flowing and make something completely new.

“It’s OK to color outside the lines,” Cartier said during the studio’s grand opening last weekend.

“That’s kind of our logo,” added Gorman.

Always Find the Art is a new art studio at 43 Main St. offering classes and projects for children and adults. The studio has walk-in hours for families looking to take on a new project and offers classes, teen nights and adult paint nights for those looking for a more structured environment. The business also offers onsite birthday parties for groups of up to 18 and traveling parties for larger groups.

The studio is one of two arts-based businesses to open on Main Street this week, though Cartier noted the two studios each offer something unique. While their neighbor, Artful Dodger, is a ceramics and painting studio, Always Find the Art focuses on more materials-based projects that encourage visitors to get their hands dirty with a variety of media, from wood to glass to old-fashioned glue and tape. Getting messy, said Gorman, is part of the fun as visitors dive into a constantly rotating lineup of projects and activities.

“It’s a lot of different DIY kind of stuff,” said Cartier. “We’re going to be doing wood burning, glass etching, macramé, you name it.”

The two owners met while working at a restaurant together three years ago and quickly discovered their mutual love of art. Though it’s their first venture running a studio, both women have spent years honing their craft and finding their own creativity with different types of art. They also have experience encouraging budding young artists, Cartier while working as a counselor at an arts camp and Gorman as a mother of three.

The Main Street studio reflects the eclectic style and creative philosophy of the business, with artwork of all colors and sizes, mostly made by the owners, bringing color to the space.

In addition to providing education, said Cartier, she and Gorman hope to partner with local artists who can rent studio space and display their art to sell.

The studio is open every day, with hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The building has street parking and patrons can also park down the street at CVS.

For more information or to learn about upcoming projects and classes, visit www.alwaysfindtheart.com or find them on Facebook at Always Find the Art.