AnayaArt Studio showcases local skill
by Jazz Clark
From drawing to pastels, students at Anaya in Great Cacapon can learn any art style under the sun.
Robert Howard, who graduated Corcoran College of Art and Design, and Janet Gauthier, who studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, are partners who teach and create at the studio.
“We’re always looking for new students of any skill level,” said Gauthier. “We’ve had our current students for a long time, and some of them started with very little technical skill. Now some of them are working artists.”
Most of the current students first joined when the pair owned a studio in Berkeley Springs. All of the art displayed on-site is done by the owners or students of the school.
“We teach a wide variety of styles,” said Howard. “Sculpting, drawing, painting, acrylic, watercolors and more are all part of the language of art. We really want them to experiment, create in their own manner. We don’t want little clones of ourselves.”
The two combat their remote location by offering long, roughly 3-hour sessions with freedom to change hours. They hope to have a well-marked sign right away.
“We have a nice group here, we like to help each other and critique each other’s work,” Gauthier said.” Most of all, we just all like to create our own work, something we can be proud of.”
Anaya can be found at 179 Wizard Lane in Great Cacapon. Session times are flexible, and the new number for contact is 304-258-8138.