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Aspinwall studio offers variety of arts

| Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Maggie Lovett, 6, learns about painting glass holiday ornaments at the Mosaic K art studio in Aspinwall with owner Kathleen Belskey.

Kathleen Belskey's studio might be small, but she considers it the perfect space to bring art to Aspinwall.

Mosaic K art studio opened last month at 345 Freeport Road in the borough. Belskey rented the former retail space and found it was perfect for what she envisioned.

“Everything fits in for what it needs to do,” Belskey said.

Belskey spent more than 20 years working in computer-aided drafting, but had always dreamed of opening an art studio. She offers several classes for children, including wood craft and painting. She also has a “date night” class for couples at the beginning of the month and a book club, and she hopes to expand into knitting.

Later this month, she'll feature a “Last Minute Painters (shoppers)” class.

Parents who have children enrolled in programs at the studio have come away impressed with the results.

Katie Lovett, whose daughter, Maggie, is taking classes with Belskey, said the art studio is a welcome addition to Aspinwall. She plans to have her daughter's birthday party there next month.

“She offers a great range of flexible schedules and really age appropriate projects,” Lovette said.

Classes consist of between eight and 10 children, she said. The small class sizes prevent students from getting lost in the shuffle of a larger group.

“I think the smaller classroom allows them to be more open,” Belskey said.

Belskey also is trying to work with neighboring businesses for various deals and programs, and looks forward to being part of the community. An open house last month brought a good turnout, and she hopes to benefit from people visiting the community to see the Riverfront Park when it opens.

“Any new business brings more business into here,” Belskey said.

For information on classes, call 412-230-7496 or e-mail mosaickstudio@gmail.com.

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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