Like many artists, Jamie Lindholm explored a few routes before answering her true calling. Although she’d been painting her entire life, she acquired her first college degree in marketing and management. Shortly after, she started training with artists including David Leffel, presidential portrait painter Everett Raymond Kinstler, and photorealist Robert Neffson, all masters who helped hone her ability to capture life on canvas.
At her own studio in Martinsville, Lindholm takes on the role of instructor. Her classes include foundational studies in drawing and painting as well as BYOB sessions in which students can unleash their artistic potential alongside a glass of wine or vintage tempera paint. She conceives of her studio as a traditional atelier where students and the artists who share her space through the Open Easel Program can feel inspired and at home.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We are a studio for the performing and movement arts! We offer Yoga, Fitness, Dance and Acting classes as well as Vocal and Instrumental music lessons!
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
Each class is for All Levels, so even the experienced Yogi can take it down a bit if they need a day of lower intensity. Beginners feel comfortable with the modification options and having all levels in the class enables them to see the journey with a consistent practice!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The performing arts are a part of everything we do from breathing and flexibility from yoga to public speaking experience from acting, it just seemed right to put everything in one place.
What do you love most about your job?
That it's not a job. It's a way of life.
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