For the past two years, business has been booming for April Everhart and her business, Art 101.
Although the success was welcomed with open arms at the quaint house on Cotton Grove Road, it was clear that business was outgrowing the space.
But Everhart never intended to move — that is until she saw the space at 25 E. Center St.
The space was exactly what she needed. Art 101 officially made the move to uptown Lexington in March.
"Classes were really filling up and I just came upon this place," April said. "This used to be the old Craver paint company, so I feel like it was just meant to be. ... It was absolutely perfect. I peeked into the windows and saw how large it was. I was crammed in my old space. This was wide open and gave me the room that I needed."
Everhart first opened Art 101 in February 2016. She has 20 years of experience as a self-taught muralist and faux finisher. She started teaching four years ago. The Art 101 owner has classes for adults and kids and for the inexperienced and experienced. Art 101 also sells art decor and supplies.
Everhart said the location is also beneficial because Uptown Lexington supports the merchants, including posting classes on its Facebook page.
In March, Art 101 hosted its first merchants' meeting, giving other businesses the first opportunity to see the remodeled space.
"We're excited to be a part of uptown and the events that they have and hopefully just drawing a whole different crowd than what we were drawing in over (on Cotton Grove Road)," Everhart said.
David, her husband, said the demand for Art 101 classes appears to grow each month.
He added that his wife was perfectly fine working at the Cotton Grove Road location, but noted that uptown presented more opportunities.
"She was comfortable where she was even though it was a really tight space, but she loved the character of it," David said. "And I think it took the character of this place to pull her away from that place. I think that had a lot to do with the move because even though she was just jamming them in there, people tripping over everybody, they didn't seem to mind and she didn't seem to mind."
One of the most noticeable parts of the new location is a mural that Everhart painted on the left wall. It's a quote from Vincent Van Gogh, which states, "If you hear a voice within you say, 'You cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
According to Everhart, the mural is a constant reminder that any person can be an artist if he or she sets his or her mind to it.
"I get a lot of students that come in and say, 'But I can't paint,' so when I saw this quote I was like, that is the most perfect quote to put in the studio because that's what everyone says," Everhart said. "And I feel like with the right instruction, and with the right guidance, everyone can do my class."
If interested in classes at Art 101, call (336) 803-2485.
Ben Coley can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 227 or at email@example.com. Follow Ben on Twitter: @LexDispatchBC