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New art studio revives local creativity

Story by Abigaile Roorda, Writer

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Nestled between Mr. Goodcents and JBC Liquor on Ames Street is a new art studio for everyone.

“Revive is a studio that welcomes any artisan, even if they don’t believe they are an artist,” owner Veronica Powell said.

Powell described Revive as “an eclectic little mix of handmade artisans.” Revive also offers “Paint and Sit” parties for people to come in and just enjoy each other’s company while being creative together. Her goal in opening Revive was to make art more accessible to the community.

Revive Studio 1025 opened on Feb. 22. Prior to this store, Powell and her family owned an antique shop in Ottawa. The Powells have been Baldwin City residents for three years.

Revive’s opening comes nearly two years after a devastating loss for the Powell family.

Powell lost her son in a car accident in June 2014. She found herself unable to return to her antique shop in Ottawa after the loss because her son was such a big part of it. She found art to be her main way to release her grief.

“All I did was paint,” Powell said, “all through my grief.”

Memories of her son fill Revive. The store’s blue truck emblem is based on a blue truck he fixed up for her.

Her son was a mechanic and had been looking for a truck to go with the antique store. Her husband and son found an old truck in West Virginia. They bought it in April 2014 and brought it to Ottawa for her son to work on. The two of them planned to give it to Powell for her birthday in July.

“I lost my son in June,” Powell said. “My husband went and had the tailgate of the truck wrapped with his name and our picture on it.”

In addition to the truck, the number 1025 that follows Revive Studio is his birth date.

“Revive means new life,” Powell said.

Her journey through grief led her to a new life and a new store to offer art to everyone in the Baldwin City community.

“I want people to understand that when you come in here, it’s not a class where everything has to be perfect or look exactly like this does,” Powell said. “Creativity and what comes out in your art is about you; it’s emotional and it’s about feelings.”

Revive Studio 1025 is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to www.revivestudio1025.com or check out their Facebook page Revive Studio 1025.

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