Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

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June 28, 2014

Bridgeport Elementary teacher brings art to the community

Katie McKinney, an elementary school art teacher, is used to breaking down art into manageable sections and explanations.

When McKinney started to look for extra income a year ago, she quickly found a need in canvas painting parties. She set up a Facebook page under Canvas Paintings by Katie, and says the calls never stopped.

“It’s such a positive time,” McKinney said of the parties she’s instructed. “It’s really fun to see people who come in skeptical … they’ve never been able to paint, and they leave happy. They want to hang the painting in their home.”

McKinney does custom creations upon request. The Distinguished Young Women of Avon recently asked McKinney to create a painting based on the competition’s 2014 theme, “Piano Man,” which they will use in the June 29 Painting in the Park fundraiser.

“I let people choose their own color palette,” McKinney said. “I’m there for guidance and suggestions.”

The community is responding with baby showers, church groups, team building office events, children’s birthday parties and fundraisers.

Parties for adults and children vary in time and price. The host provides tables and chairs, and McKinney brings the rest of the supplies.

Lisa Burdine was the host of one of McKinney’s first parties.

“What I love the most is that she comes to your home,” Burdine said. “It’s so fun to have everyone over in such a relaxed atmosphere where we can chat, enjoy good food and conversation, and go home with a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that we made in just a few short hours.”

McKinney also hosts public events and volunteers for charity for those that don’t want to have a party, but would still like the experience.

“Katie makes everyone feel like a professional artist at these parties,” Burdine said. “Even the most apprehensive guest enjoys creating their painting and can’t wait to do it again. Katie is so much fun and really brings something special to each party she does.”

For more information, visit the Canvas by Katie Facebook page or the website at www.canvaspaintingsbykatie.com.

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