“I’ve had an interest in art my whole life,” says April Jernigan. While living in Bowling Green, she loved taking her two children to an art studio there. “They then had the memories of us being together, and a work of art to take home.” After her recent move to Muhlenberg County, Jernigan realized she wanted to open a pottery and ceramics studio in her new hometown. Her dream is now becoming reality as she prepares to open Paint Me Pretty in Central City this Saturday.
At the grand opening, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Jernigan says snacks will be provided. The public is welcome to stop by and paint a piece, or just have a look around the shop. Artists of any age and skill level will find something to inspire their creative side when they step into Paint Me Pretty. The store currently offers a variety of ceramic Christmas ornaments, coffee mugs, plates, bowls, figurines, and money banks available to paint. “We can personalize anything and everything,” Jernigan says.
Though sessions are full or nearly full, Jernigan is hosting three scheduled instructional classes in the coming weeks. Patrons will get the opportunity to paint and take home their very own vintage ceramic Christmas tree. On November 22, Paint Me Pretty will have extended hours. The store will be open until 8 p.m. for kids to decorate ceramic Christmas ornaments. The cost is $6, and the ornaments will be able to be taken home that evening.
Currently, Jernigan is working with Coffee Central to plan some clay and coffee nights. The vision is that the community will be able to paint a coffee mug while enjoying a drink from Coffee Central. Also in the works is a partnership with SOAR to provide a weekly story time to kids who have not yet entered school. Kids would hear a story read aloud, and then paint a small piece that relates to the book.
Paint Me Pretty will be able to host birthday parties. Jernigan is also willing to go on location for special and corporate events. “My goal is to introduce kids and adults to pottery and clay,” Jernigan says. “I’m most excited about meeting new people and having an influence on kids and how they view art.”
After the grand opening, Paint Me Pretty will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10-5 and Saturdays from 10-2. For more updates and information, check out Paint Me Pretty on Facebook.