Our Mission:

 

At “The Art Establishment” we believe art should be accessible to everyone, and that every person, no matter their ability, should have the opportunity to experience the awesome nature of creative expression. We are a visual arts studio committed to supporting and fostering the creative process by offering affordable access to professional studio space and the dynamic interaction among passionate artists that provides for a richly rewarding art experience.

 

Owners

Being amateur artists ourselves, we understand the need for affordable and flexible studio space.

We believe there are so many artists who could boost their creative output if only they had better access to studio resources. The unique nature of our studio is that it gives artists access to professional studio space and equipment on an affordable basis, where they can create on their own terms. 

We put our heart and soul into this place so you can put your heart and soul into creating.

 

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"I took darkroom classes in college and fell in love with the process, but when I graduated, there was nowhere I could pursue my passion unless I drove to Philly or New York, and that wasn’t really a viable option, cost or time-wise. The simple fact of having studio access has brought my creativity and passion back to life." ~Ellen

Ellen Flynn
Owner/General Manager

Ellen Flynn has worked as a writer and editor for a television and radio industry publication. Although she can’t draw a stick figure to save her life, she is passionate about B&W film photography. She’s also passionate about helping artists become more productive and inspired.

 

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"As our family grew, I lost my home studio. I would set up in the living room, but it wasn't very practical, and truthfully I didn’t want the paints and turps around our young children and pets. Eventually, it just became too frustrating and difficult, so one day I packed up my supplies and never took them out again for five years."~Tom

Tom Flynn
Owner/Artist/Instructor

Tom Flynn is a resident of Fountain Hill where he lives with his wife and three daughters. Although he works in a New Jersey factory, he has had a lifelong interest in art in general, oil painting in particular. When he’s not at the factory, he’s running an awesome art studio with his wife, Ellen.

Instructors

Click on an image for teacher bio.

THE BUILDING

Everyone is curious about the history of the building. It was built in 1912 as a textile mill. In the 1930's is was a fur store and warehouse, in the 1940's through the very early 1970's it served as a grocery warehouse for many of the small grocery stores in and around Fountain Hill, and from 1972 through 2010 it was Valley Graphic Services. We became part of its legacy in 2012, at which point it had been vacant for a couple of years and was in pretty rough shape...but we saw the potential! Please take a couple of minutes to watch the amazing transformation in our Renovation Video! 

We put our heart & soul into this place so you can put your heart & soul into creating!

 
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FAQ's

Stuff People Ask Us the Most...

WHERE CAN I PARK?
We have a small lot on the side of our studio. If that's full, you can park along Broadway (on our side of the street only); you can park along the back of our building and fence (don't block any driveways or garages!); or any side street with parking available. Do not park in the mall's lot across the street please (they get a little upset)!


HOW CAN I HAVE A SHOW AT YOUR GALLERY?
Go to our GALLERY page for the 411 and if you have any questions, just get in touch!


I DO POTTERY AT HOME. CAN I RENT YOUR KILN FOR FIRINGS?
Sorry, but our kiln is dedicated for the artists who create in our studio. To find out how to become part of our studio, here's more information.


I'M WORKING ON A PROJECT AND I'D LIKE TO USE YOUR STUDIO. DO I HAVE TO BUY A MEMBERSHIP?
Memberships? No way! You're welcome to use our studio as needed. We offer flexible hourly, daily, weekly or monthly options. For more info Click Here. 


WHAT CLASSES DO YOU OFFER?
Our awesome courses vary. Visit our CLASSES page often to keep up to date.


DO I HAVE TO BE TAKING A CLASS TO USE YOUR STUDIO?
Nope.


HOW ARE YOU GUYS SO IMPOSSIBLY COOL?
Aw, thanks! It's all done with smoke and mirrors.