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Kiln you believe ARTWorks Vass is celebrating its five year anniversary? The blended art gallery, studio and classroom has marked the occasion by more than doubling its square footage and expanding galleries and creative opportunities at its 129 Main St. location. The expansion allowed for the installation of kilns, and the introduction of ARTWorks Vass Pottery for those who want to seize the clay.

Owner Jean Skipper inside the expanded location.

Starting Oct. 17, the studio will host paint-your-own-pottery, beaded jewelry, painted canvases, needle felting, string art, and more without an appointment.

“We’ve been thinking about this since day 1,” says owner Jean Skipper. “I’m fortunate to be surrounded by the kindest, most generous, funny, talented people that you can imagine. They’re the secret sauce.”

Beth Roy of Vass at the kiln.

Jean wasn’t sure her business would survive during COVID, but she and her team focused on the books, supporting her talented artists, and keeping the dedicated creative outlet going in the community. More space and classrooms allow for more local art, and multi-medium classes such as wheel throwing classes, pottery and more.

Hitting her “wooden” anniversary, Jean says, “just feels wonderful. It feels surreal. I am enjoying this ride and maximizing what we have.”

Pottery pictured in the studio.

Celebrate their anniversary at Final Friday on Sept. 30 from 5-8 p.m at 129 Main St. There will be a ribbon cutting with the Moore County Chamber of Commerce, door prizes every hour, live music, sips and treats, and the debut of the “New Show,” a gallery of never before shown art by ARTworks Vass artists.

For a more painted picture, visit the ARTWorks Vass website.

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