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Us and Art offers classes as well as art experiences and adventures in Pleasant Grove.

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Us and Art offers classes as well as art experiences and adventures in Pleasant Grove.

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Emily Hammerstad stands outside her new art studio in Pleasant Grove.

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For a new art studio in Pleasant Grove, the emphasis is on creativity, not the finished product. Us and Art, 44 S. Main St., which opened five weeks ago, is located in the historic downtown area and offers art courses, one-time classes, special events and art adventures.

“This is an art studio for all ages. We have courses that are nine weeks in the summer and 12 weeks in the fall. We have day camps and overnight meetings,” said owner Emily Hammerstad. Date nights are themed, such as ’80s Night or the Queen’s Tea, and classes are for all ages, from the Mummy and Me classes, which are designed for children from 18 months to 108 years, she said.

“We’re also partnering with the chocolate shop next door to do a paint-to-eat night. They have a canvas that is a real chocolate bar and they paint with edible paints and they paint a masterpiece and then they eat it,” Hammerstad said. “Saturdays are usually couples or girls night. Fridays are our family themed nights, like a father-daughter date or the whole family.”

Visitors can also take part in one of the store’s art adventures. Participants go out with instructors from the studio to a different location, whether it’s a hike to a waterfall or a hike down to a park. They carry boxes of paints, painting utensils, canvas and a portable easel. The boxes are delivered by the studio. Art making is integrated into the outdoor experience.

“All our activities are focused on creativity, not technique. We want to focus on this skill and it’s okay to make mistakes. You’re just there to connect with the piece and have fun,” Hammerstad said.

One of the biggest changes Hammerstad sees in his students is confidence. “Some come in and are so nervous and hardly speak to us. At the end, they talk and connect with all the students. We keep the classes small to keep people connected,” she said.

Before opening Us and Art, Hammerstad ran a studio out of her house for years, something she called a fun side project. “But I was getting waiting lists and eventually even had people looking for work. I had people with college degrees reaching out to me and wanting to come work for me,” she said. “I realized that there is a need in our community for more access to the use of creativity.”

Hammerstad said she doesn’t have an art degree, but is extremely passionate about creativity. She enjoys studying psychology and is fascinated by the effects creativity can have on the human body.

The name of the studio “Us and Art” comes from what Hammerstad used to call his home studio.

“When I first started, I was just joking around with my husband and I was like, ‘I’m going to call it Unicorns Sprinkles and Art.’ He said, ‘Why not?’ We kept that name for a while,” Hammerstad said. “When I started to grow and have the opportunity to expand to older children and adults, we shortened the name. And we thought that it really fully encapsulates our relationship to art – that it is all of us.”

The location of the new studio is perfect, according to Hammerstad. She was looking for a place before the COVID-19 pandemic, but couldn’t find the right one. Then this place became vacant. “It’s amazing to be right in the heart of the city. We’ve had so many people stop by and say they can’t believe we’re here.’

More information can be found on their website, http://usandart.com.

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