Hollywood neighbors Julie Jetton and Marla Munnich will celebrate five years of business this month with Spark Arts Center at 1805 N.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. in the Hollywood neighborhood. The center offers art classes and camps for kids, high-quality art supplies for all ages – and serves as a go-to neighborhood event space for birthday parties.
“We love being a part of the community we live in,” said Jetton. “Over the years we’ve watched toddlers grow from smearing paint in our morning messy-art studio to young artists painting canvas in our after school classes. We’ve formed partnerships with the Northeast Community Center and PDX Young Writer’s Camp, which allows us to bring more creative opportunities to kids. We are ardent supporters of our neighborhood schools and community and aim to provide the art enrichment that our children deserve – and our schools cannot always provide. We believe strongly that each child benefits from exposure to the arts and the process of creative self-expression.”
Jetton and Munnich met when their children were in kindergarten together at Beverly Cleary School. They have been very involved with PPS as volunteers teaching curriculum-based art in neighborhood classrooms. Jetton has a BFA from Miami University and is a fine art photographer who has taught at Joyful Noise Arts Center and Trillium Charter School. Munnich is a clay artist who studied at Radcliffe Pottery Studio in Boston and worked as an art teacher at Marysville school.
To recognize their milestone anniversary, the Spark partners will offer weekly sales throughout the month and host a party on Monday, Sept. 11, from 2-5 p.m. with sock puppets, crafts, cupcakes and prizes. The event is free and children under eight should be accompanied by and adult.
“We’ll continue to expand to meet the needs of our neighborhood,” said Jetton. “We’ve grown from being mostly a little kids art studio to offering more classes for older kids and workshops and art supplies for grown-ups too.”
For more information, call 503-281-6757 or visit www.sparkartscenter.com.