Kelly D. Pelka, founder of Right-Brained Studio, is a professional artist and state certified art instructor that has been mentoring youth artists for over 20 years. She opened Right-Brained Studio as a brick and mortar facility in June 2007 as the first studio and gallery on Harrison Street in Oak Park, IL exclusively for young artists, where they could explore and experiment with a variety of art materials in a creative environment as well as exhibit their work. She has now brought Right-Brained Studio to a next level by offering mobile art classes and workshop options from her home studio in Chicago and Portland, as well as alternative spaces. Kelly’s studies include a BFA from Northern Illinois University in Visual Communications, a BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Art Education, an intensive studies program at Parson’s School of Design in New York, classes at the Taos Institute of Art in Taos New Mexico and participated in the World Cultures Mural Project directed by Mario Castillo at Triton Collage in River Grove, IL. Besides working with youth artists, Kelly remains a professional artist exhibiting her own art work in local and national galleries, is a curator and is also founder and co-owner of Re-Girl Apparel and Accessories creating fashion out of eco friendly materials.
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