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Inspired Life Art Studio coming to Rockton

ROCKTON — The newest addition to downtown Rockton soon will welcome guests of all ages who desire some hands-on, creative play.

Inspired Life Art Studio will open in December at 201 W. Main St., and owner Tabatha Dougherty is excited share her passion for art with others.

“I want this to be a place I know will be comfortable,” said Dougherty, a part-time high school art teacher. “This place will be a nice art center people can come to.”

Dougherty, a Rockton-area resident, said fun art projects have always been in her mind, but Inspired Life Art Studio is a newer concept. She used to co-own 317 Studio & Gallery in Rockford and recently decided to start the new business. Dougherty said the concept for the studio really took off a few weeks ago after she walked past the building with wall windows and a purple door.

“This space just hit me the right way and it was very serendipitous how it all worked out,” Dougherty said. “There is great lighting and I like the openness of the space.”

During visits to Inspired Life Art Studio, students of all ages will be able to get hands-on instruction for art projects. Everything from hand-lettering to mixed-media jewelry and journaling will be taught in a fun, easy-to-follow way. A workshop schedule will be posted online at and people can see examples of what to expect each week.

Popular Social Canvas Night events, during which participants ages 21 and over can bring in wine or beer and learn how to paint a pre-determined picture, also will be offered. Subject matter ranges from beautiful landscapes, such as a piece called “Northern Lights,” to fun and funky offerings like “Silly Seahorse” or even “Whoo Loves You” owls.

“Most of the stuff that we’ll be doing is suitable for ages 12 and up, but I also hope to offer Creative Canvas, where kids can come in with their parents or guardians,” Dougherty said.

The first art journaling workshop at Inspired Life Art Studio is planned for 6 – 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 1. It will be followed by activities including a holiday-themed Social Canvas called “Polka Dot Ornaments” on Dec. 2 and a kids workshop for Santa Claus cookie plates on Dec. 3. All the fun will continue with home decoration projects and gift tag making in the weeks to follow.

“It’s very freeing to do projects like these and allow yourself the time to play,” Dougherty said.

Visitors are encouraged to preregister for workshops by visiting the Inspired Life Art Studio website or calling 815-391-0392. If there are enough supplies and spaces available, some accommodations may be possible for walk-ins.

Private parties also can be booked for anywhere from eight to 20 people.

“People really can surprise themselves if they give art a shot, and it’s really cool to see their finished projects,” Dougherty said.

A grand opening celebration for Inspired Life Art Studio is planned to take place in January.