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A Cool Place to Create!

Encinitas is a truly one-of-a-kind town. With wonderful beaches, restaurants, shops and near-constant beautiful weather, it’s hard to think of a nicer place…

About a year ago, Cindy and I were talking about the one thing that this great town of ours was missing… a studio for artists of every level to gather, create, learn and share. We already knew how creative and art-loving the people of North County were, and that they NEEDED a place where they could not only take classes of differing mediums, but teach them too.

The place we envisioned would foster all types of creating, from drawing and painting to printmaking and basket weaving. A place for the experienced and the novice, the young and the young at heart—a place we had never seen before!

And thus the seed for Art Lounge on 101 was planted… and continues to grow.

We are so happy to offer a creative space where creative folk can learn new techniques, brush up on old favorites, and grow creatively and personally. Another aspect that we are particularly proud of is the fact that most of our instructors are local artists, with the exception of the occasional visiting artist.

Art Lounge is unique! We have scheduled classes (you can browse and sign-up for those here), but our space can also be reserved for private events. Whether you’re looking to teach a class to friends, host a birthday party or anything else you can think of, our little studio can accommodate you.

Our space is designed to feed your soul through artistic expression and community. We hope you enjoy your time at Art Lounge and thank you for being a part of our artistic family.

—Nancy Walter, Co-Founder & Instructor

Give the Gift of Art Lounge

What better gift to give than that of artistic expression? Whether you’re looking for a birthday, bridal, graduation or baby shower gift, Art Lounge Gift Certificates are sure to please.

Available in $50, $75, $100 or $150 increments, these gift certificates can be applied to the registration cost of the class of the recipient’s choosing. Art Lounge offers classes taught by talented local artists in a wide range of mediums, from mosaics and watercolor to Gelli printing and art journaling to knitting and photography (and more). No matter the recipient’s experience or background, there is an Art Lounge class perfect for them—it’s a great opportunity to expand prior skills, try something completely new and grow friendships.

Perhaps the most fun part about these amazing gift certificates is that you can coordinate to take a class with the recipient, so you can spend even more time together, laughing, talking and creating—it’s a gift for you too!

If you’re interested in purchasing a Gift Certificate or registering for a class, check out our home page at www.ArtLoungeon101.com.

Art Lounge is my “inner retreat”

As an art gallery owner (Art n Soul on 101) I am FREQUENTLY asked the question, which art is yours?? I respond, NONE, and they continue to be curious as to why and how I started an artisans’ gallery. I strongly believe in grass-roots and community art and wanted a venue for many artists that are just beginning to go PUBLIC with their art. After 10 years of ownership and many people asking if they we offered art classes, I finally opened Art Lounge on 101 with my partner Nancy Walter.

Everyday I am so blessed to be surrounded and inspired by art. For years I have wanted to explore my “inner creativity” and Art Lounge is my “inner retreat”, a quiet guided studio to tap my creative juices. I am so eager to enroll in the Gypsy Caravan classes and many of the other upcoming classes. This year my friends, family and kids will be receiving gifts made from my hands. Perfect or imperfect a gift from the hands and heart seems to impart true LOVE!!!

Everybody is an artist… just like everyone can dance and everyone can sing… perhaps some better than others.. but let go of judgment and you will discover a great sense of creative FREEDOM!!

— Cindy Blumkin

Teachers Orientation Meeting

Friday April 29, 2016, 11 AM-1 PM

Introduction to the NEWEST, MOST FUN studio to teach art!!!

We encourage ALL of you to attend so we can explain website, scheduling, details etc. Will provide refreshments and begin the ENERGY and continue to spread the word! We look forward to meeting you all. RSVP required (so we know how many chairs we will need): artloungeon101@gmail.com (with Teacher Orientation in the subject line)