FAIRBURY, NE – Downtown Fairbury has a new business open this fall.
Studio 407, which offers art classes to people in the community, held an official ribbon cutting on Wednesday from 4-4:30 p.m.
Located on 5th street in Fairbury, Studio 407 officially opened its doors on Oct. 20. The space is co-owned by local artists Sherry Joubert and Tony Boetjer.
Joubert and Boetjer had already taught art classes to people in the area through the Jefferson County Art Guild.
They both wanted a larger studio space to work out of, however. They found one in the heart of downtown Fairbury.
“We ended up finding this retail space which was just perfect for us,” Boetjer said. “So, we decided to branch out and open a store-front gallery space as well as a work studio for the public to do public classes as well. In the middle of our discussion, this place kind of just opened up.”
Boetjer, a Chicago native who’s done art in some form all of his life, says the studio will offer a wide variety of art classes to people of all ages in the area.
“We offer private tutoring for anybody who wants to learn art,” Boetjer said. “Kids classes, whether it be for home schooled kids or after school programs, as well as instructional classes.”
Classes being offered will range from canvas painting, water colors, pastel classes, illustration, and plenty more.
Studio 407 is described as a “shared space collaborative gallery.” The space is a working art studio and also gives customers the chance to purchase art.
The gallery will be open Wednesdays-Fridays from 6-9 p.m. People can also come in on Sundays and Mondays by appointment. The space can also be rented for private events, like birthday parties.
The doors have been open for less than two weeks, but Boetjer has received a strong interest from people in the area who want to learn more about art and sign up for the classes provided by Studio 407.
“So far, we’ve gotten a really good response,” Boetjer said. “We had a good turnout for our (Oct. 20) open house. We’ve had a couple of classes, and we’ve had some people show up for them. We have a couple of classes that are scheduled for next week and the future.
“People are asking questions, and hopefully they attend. We’ve been getting a really good response from the community so far.”
Studio 407 has a canvas painting class scheduled for Nov. 10, and a Christmas card making class for kids on Nov. 16.
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