The Village Art Studio, Inc.

Barbara Smenner


"Keeping the Love of Art Alive"

Barbara was born in Blue Ridge, Georgia.  Most of her childhood years were spent in the coal mining camps of West Virginia and later in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she attended Edmondson Business College.  At an early  age, Barbara had a desire to paint and create.  In 1979, she was urged to share her talent with others by opening a  business where everyone could come together, learn and have fun in art.

Over the past 35 years, the business known as The Village Art Studio, Inc. has grown into a hub of art activity, attracting students from almost every state in the union.  Her husband, John, joined her in business after serving  in the U.S. Air Force and working for The American Telephone & Telegraph Co.

 Barbara has studied art with a wide variety of nationally known artists.  Among them are famous portrait artists  Karen Patton and Mary Carole Larson.  She has also studied with Gary Jenkins, Fred Wetzel, Buck Paulson,  Dorothy Dent, Milton Lenoir, Robert Warren and Dalhart and Mike Windberg.  The studio has been very fortunate  to host all of the above artists, as their schedules permit.  Gary Jenkins chose our studio for his certification  location for his bronze, silver and gold certification classes.  Through this association, Barbara has developed her  own style of painting and teaching.  She teaches portrait, still life, landscapes, seascapes, drawing and florals.

She is a certified Jenkins ArtTeacher (JCAT), a certified Dorothy Dent instructor, and a Milton Lenoir Master Instructor in acrylics.

She is the President of the Meriwether County Artist Guild and is a member of the Columbus Artist Guild

The studio is located in the old Manchester Mill, which was established in 1908.  At the studio, students enjoy spacious, well lighted and well ventilated classrooms.

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