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Studio 1219 launches spring schedule

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Gina Panoff says Studio 1219 fills an important niche in Port Huron and the Blue Water Area.

“There’s not a lot of places where people can come in and be creative,” said the education director of the local arts center at 1219 Military St., Port Huron.

Studio 1219 has finished its winter schedule of classes and workshop. The staff will take a week off, then start the spring schedule the week of April 10.

Cassie Krull, of Marysville, was at the final winter session of a drop-in class called Mudslingin’ Saturday. She was with her daughter, Sydney, 9, and her niece, Riley Denuyl.

“We needed some activity for the weekend, and we all love art, so here we go,” Krull said. “Sydney has been coming for four weeks now, so Riley and I joined her.”

She said she was making a fairy house for her collection of fairy houses.

“It’s got a lot of unique classes and exhibits upstairs,” Krull said. “It’s a cool place to come and get creative.

“I actually bought the pottery class for my daughter, Sydney. She said she wanted a pottery wheel and I said, ‘I’ll do you one better.'”

Sydney and Riley were making pencil holders and were too busy having a good time to say much more than they were having a good time.

Breezy Wallace, of Port Huron, was getting her hands dirty.

“I needed something to do,” she said. “I started about a month ago, and I come every other week.”

She said the Mudslingin’ class was her first experience with clay.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s cool to make a bowl and stuff.”

Wallace said she appreciates having a local art center.

“I think it’s really cool,” she said. “I’m glad I’m able to drop in because my work schedule changes.”

Panoff said Studio 1219 is a busy place.

“It’s very important for the community to have a place to come and be creative,” she said. “It’s a very important asset.”

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477.

More information

  • A schedule of spring classes and workshops at Studio 1219 is available at www.studio1219 by clicking on the classes and workshops tab.
  • A printed schedule also is available at the front desk of the local arts center at 1219 Military St., Port Huron.
  • Call (810) 984-2787
  • Studio 1219 will have a “Pop-Up Pottery” class to coincide with Spring Break from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 8. The cost is $18.
  • New to Studio 1219 is a program called Creative Kids Workshops, which consists of three drop-in sessions with crafts centered around upcoming holidays. The Easter session will be April 14 and will be egg dyeing, the Mother’s Day Session is May 5 and will be painted flower pots, and the Father’s Day session is June 9 and will be a mosaic picture frame. Sessions cost $15 per project and are from 4-5 p.m.



A wonderful interview done by Lynn Griffor & Gina Griffor-Panoff talking about all that Studio 1219 has to offer this fall classes, workshops, gifts and more!

CLICK on the link below to watch it!


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Fall 2016 Classes Session 2 News Cast BY EBWTV

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Fall Reflections

WPHM  Education Director Radio Broadcast on CLasses! 


Click (((( http://www.wphm.net/episode/january-26-gina-griffor/  )))) to hear the Radio Broadcast!

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Studio 1219 was very excited this morning to present a radio broadcast on 1380 AM WPHM radio. Our Educational Director talked about Studio 1219 & our Saturday Mudslingin’ classes!

Unleash Your Inner Artist at Studio 1219


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Getting down and dirty at Studio 1219


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Gina Griffor wants people to get their hands dirty and have fun.

“Our Mudslingin Saturday Mornings are a really fun class,” the education director at Studio 1219 in Port Huron said. “You can come in and create whatever you want to create.

“It’s called Mudslingin’ because you can get down and dirty in the clay,” she said. “If you leave this class full of clay, you know you’re having fun.”

Saturday was the first of five classes that continue through Feb. 16. A second session of five classes is Feb. 27 through March 26, also on Saturdays.

Karrie Glassford, of Columbus Township, was with her granddaughter, Kosette Bartels, 10, of Riley Township.

“We are going to take our first pottery class,” Kosette said.

“We both love art,” Glassford said. “We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity for us to do something together as granddaughter and grandmother.”

Glassford created a plaque with a twisted border; her granddaughter also made a plaque – in the shape of a mitten with the motto “Home of the Spartans.”

Valorie Hudgens, of North Street, was slinging mud with her granddaughter, Alana LaPrairie, who is 8.

“We came to do this – Alana and Grandma,” Hudgens said.

Alana had practical plans for her creation.

“I’m making a cup,” she said. “I am going to glaze it so I can drink out of it.”

Karen Ward, of Yale, was taking the class with Jaylynn Watters, 9, of Martlette, the daughter of a friend.

“She’s very artistic,” Ward said.

Jaylynn said the class was fun “because we get to work with clay.”

The class gives newbies a foundation in the techniques used to make pottery and other ceramics, Griffor said.

“They go all the way from building their project to glazing it themselves,” she said. “The only thing we do is put it in the kiln and take it out of the kiln for them.”

She said Studio 1219 is an important community asset.

“This place is one of the only places in the area where people can come to do artwork and to enjoy the artwork done by others,” she said.

Contact Bob Gross at (810) 989-6263 or rgross@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertGross477.

If You Go

Studio 1219 is at 1219 Military St., Port Huron.

Mudslingin’ Saturday Mornings are 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5 and older. The cost is $80 for the full five classes; the drop-in cost for a single class is $18. Remaining classes are Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13. Session two starts Feb. 27 and continues on Saturdays through March 26.

For more information about classes at Studio 1219, visit www.studio1219.com or call (810) 984-2787. Studio 1219 also is on Facebook.


FOR THE VIDEO GO TO: http://www.thetimesherald.com/story/news/local/port-huron/2016/01/16/clay-potterty-studio-1219/78744674/



Grants Make Studio 1219 Art Programs Possible- Times Herald

Studio 1219 is a public art center serving the Blue Water community. Recent grants have made it possible for the Studio to continue to provide popular low-cost art programs. The Youth Advisory Council of St. Clair County and the Blue Water Arts Committee have recently made gifts to the Studio which will assist them in fulfilling their mission of providing their Art for All programs.

Monies granted to the Art for All program provide support to classes for Community Mental Health and the ARC of St. Clair County, the Girl and Boy Scout badge earning program, an after-school fine arts program and monthly student art shows from St. Clair County school districts.

A community favorite, the Studios annual Hands on Art event offering a free afternoon of art demonstrations and activities, wouldn’t be possible without assistance from the Youth Advisory Council. Last years event was well attended by many members of the Blue Water community. Even better attendance is projected for the 2014 event scheduled for May 10th.

We are constantly striving to make art available to largest segment of the Blue Water population as possible. With such generous gifts from area organizations, we feel it is our responsibility and privilege to provide a space for people to learn whats possible in the art world and how such experiences can enrich our lives. says Janet Prusik, Studio 1219 Managing Director.

In addition to classes, the 8000 square foot Studio boasts a gift shop, pottery studio, classrooms and galleries featuring art from Michigan artists.

It is located at 1219 Military Street in Port Huron.



Michigan Water Color Show and Holiday Art Market

Published: Friday, November 08, 2013

By Jim Bloch, Voice Reporter

Jerry Bowman’s MWCS award-winning Jerry Bowman “Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box,” one of 18 pieces in the Michigan Watercolor Society Show at Studio 1219 through Dec. 7. Photo by JIM BLOCH

The Santa Claus of art is coming twice this season to Studio 1219 in Port Huron, bringing the annual Holiday Art Market and, for the first time, the Michigan Watercolor Show.
The Michigan Water Color Show runs Nov. 15-Dec. 7.“Nov. 2-3, I traveled to Frankfort, Michigan, and picked up the Michigan Water Color Show from The Oliver Arts Center for display at Studio 1219,” said Prusik. “It is a prestigious traveling show and we are proud to be asked to be one of the hosts.”Watercolorist Denis Willing Booher, of Fenton, whose painting, “Brother & Sister” won the Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff Gift Certificate in the show, will be at Studio 1219 for the opening reception on Nov. 15.“Booher will be showing more of her work in our Back Alley Gallery and she will be demonstrating on Nov. 15,” said Prusik.The watercolor show includes 18 paintings, including Kristen Barton’s luminous “Banyan Patterns,” a dense, colorful canvas of vertical roots and fibrous elliptical leaves; Peter Gooch’s Best of Show “Sun-Oreti Beach, NZ,” where a slatted window appears to be opening in a field of sand and water-colored horizontal stripes; Jerry Bowman’s MWCS Award-winner, “Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box,” a vibrant, intricately patterned still life of wood boxes, smooth stones and feathers; and Steve Fanelli’s creepy, but tranquil Donald Gooch Memorial Award winner, “Quarry Full Moon,” of a young man floating face up in a quarry, his face and chest washed in moonlight white above the waterline, and the rest of him fading from view in the dark water.The Holiday Art Market runs Nov. 15-Dec. 28.“Over 60 artists’ work will be displayed in the galleries,” said Janet Prusik, executive director of Studio 1219. “Look for better artisan crafts such as decorative gift packages, wine bottle holders, ornaments, knit hats, scarves and mittens, soaps and lotions, birdhouses, batik items, jewelry, fabric arts, paper crafts, carved animals, woodworking, artist-made holidays gifts ranging from collages to oil and acrylic paintings, linocuts, woodworking and candles.”Prices start at $2.“The Holiday Art Market and the Michigan Watercolor Society Traveling show share a wine-and- cheese reception on Friday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,” said Prusik.

Studio 1219 is located at 1219 Military St., Port Huron. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The studio is closed Sundays and Mondays. For details, call (810) 984-2787.

Jim Bloch is a freelance writer. Contact him at bloch.jim@gmail.com.




Renaissance underway at Port Huron’s Studio 1219

Port Huron Times Herald

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Studio 1219 is getting a new roof, one of the more visible changes at the Port Huron arts center.

“It was gem before, but now it’s like a polished jewel,” said Cecil Wiliams, a Fort Gratiot artist and member of Studio 1219’s board of directors. “It’s really great.”

Much has changed at Studio 1219 in the last year.

It’s been nearly a year since Studio 1219 officials asked the Port Huron Downtown Development Authority for help because the building was in dire need of maintenance and repairs. Since then the DDA and Community Foundation of St. Clair County committed $12,500 each for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 budgets to make those repairs.

A new general manager, pottery manager and education director all signed on within the year, too.

“I’ve been told, ‘You have the right people on the boat rowing in the right direction,’” said Jill Brion, chairwoman of the studio’s board of directors.

Williams attributed much of the change to Janet Prusik, the new general manager.

“It’s much cleaner and much brighter,” he said. “It seems like things are being taken care of like they haven’t been in the last several years.”

He said the studio has returned to its roots, which is a community enterprise with community involvement.

Studio 1219 opened in October 2005 with the purpose of connecting the community and the arts through various means such as selling art and education. The DDA and Community Foundation jointly own the building that houses the Port Huron art center and gallery.

When officials approached the DDA, the building had a leak in the roof, an aging garage door in need of weather stripping and a running toilet. Paint was also needed.

“It’s part of our responsibility because we’re part owners of that building,” said Laurie Charron, chairwoman of the DDA.

Work began on the roof last week and should be done soon. Some windows and plumbing also were repaired. The basement was cleaned out, a large gallery space was added, the floors and stairs were stained, weather stripping and insulation also was added to the garage, and new lighting was installed.

The business model also was reworked to focus on three things: galleries, classes and the pottery studio.

“All three of those are actually self-sufficient and they do contribute to the upkeep of the studio,” Brion said.

Participation in the Artists Network has increased 100 percent with at least 135 members, the gallery rentals are booked and paid for through 2013 with booking for 2014 started, and class participation also has increased, Brion said.

“They couldn’t possibly make enough money to fully support the studio, but our goal is to make it 100 percent self-sustaining through the galleries, classes and pottery studio,” she said.

Though Studio 1219 is a nonprofit, Brion said it still needed to be run as a business.

“You can’t spend more than you bring in,” she said. “You have to know what the budget is and stay within it. The crew we have now, between Jan Prusik, Heather Belt and Brian Westrick, those three all are artists, but they all are business people, too.”

Prusik said the budget is $189,605.

Funding for the studio comes from grants, fund-raisers and donations in addition to the galleries, classes and pottery studio.

Monthly galleries and special events also have been added, Prusik said.

“We have more workshops that take less time than a five-week class offering,” she said.

New class offerings include batik, felting, fiber arts, after-school art programs for children and open-mic nights. A senior art program is to start in June, and a veteran’s program will be available in the fall, Prusik said.

Brion said the biggest change has been communication among the staff, board members and Artists Network.

“The right hand actually knows what the left hand is doing,” she said.

Port Huron City Manager Bruce Brown agreed.

“One of the confusions that I think we got resolved in the last six months is who pays for what,” he said, noting there was not an agreement between the DDA, Community Foundation and Studio 1219 board.

He said representatives from each side sat down to determine an agreement as well as tenant and landlord responsibilities.

Randy Maiers, chief executive officer and president of the Community Foundation, has noticed a difference.

“They seem to be off to a really good start,” he said. “The studio itself probably looks better than it ever has and the budget is in good shape.”

The studio also will receive new front windows and siding repairs.


Studio 1219 lets you dig in with “Hands on Art”


Studio 1219 hosted the town recently during “Hands on Art” at the Port Huron arts center.

“It’s super fun here” one child was heard commenting to his Mom.


This year the Hands on Art festival was held inside the doors of Studio 1219. Each and every room in the building offered a new and exciting chance to try your hands at an art project.

Stained Glass, Pastels, Watercolor, Oil Painting, Collage, Sand Art, A collaborative storm mural, pottery wheel throwing and hand-building, fiber arts, and Zentangle!


Demonstrations included, Watercolors and Dicroic Glass Pendant making along side Fantastic Food Artisans sculpting various interesting fruits and vegetables. The team even offered a healthy storm juice smoothie concoction!397970_10151427723721378_1790343718_n


The new General Manager, Janet Prusik along with the Educational Director Heather Belt and Pottery Manager Brian Westrick created a day that many adults and children will not soon forget!

The studio prides itself with community involvement.


“Hands on Art is meant to show the public what wonderful offerings the studio provides and gives people a chance to try their hands at something they may not know is offered or may have never tried before.” We have so much to offer in such a wonderful setting, people in the area have much to be proud of, the studio is unlike anything else offered in the Great Lakes area. Along with offering a full schedule of art classes, the studio also offers established artists a home to sell their artwork. We offer galleries, and display them with art work for sale and group or solo exhibits. We change things  often and two of our largest galleries change out monthly. Art parties are also a popular booking” said Prusik

The studio offerings can be found easily on their website at www.studio1219.com contact them at Info@stduio1219 or call 810-984-2787




Find your undiscovered artist at Studio 1219

Jill Brion

By Jeri Packer, Staff Writer

Is there an undiscovered artist in you? Could a glass of wine help you to let it out?

These are questions that could be answered by coming to an upcoming event at Studio 1219 in Port Huron.

Jan Prusik is the artistic curator and general manager of the popular art gallery/studio. Studio 1219 is sponsoring an adult painting workshop playfully called Lushes and Brushes. Prusik said the reason that a “wine and art” event is so popular is it takes away some of the fear of failure people may wrestle with.

“It just sounds like a lot of fun,” she said. “What happens is it takes away the thought that they can’t do it. They can just say ‘I’m going to have a glass of wine and have some fun. It doesn’t have to be perfect.’”

The next available date is April 26, and a third class is coming May 24. The event is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Studio 1219 on 1219 Military St. in Port Huron. The cost is $45 per person, which includes all the painting supplies and a complimentary glass of wine. Patrons are welcome to bring their own drinks, as well. Call to sign up at (810) 984-2787.

It’s the second time Studio 1219 has done the show and if the responses keep up, Prusik said, they would like to make it every two weeks.

“Every single one who took the first class signed up for a second time,” said Prusik.

Sam Bennett is one of the artists at the studio. Bennett interned in Venice, Italy, before graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. He was the instructor at the last Lushes and Brushes.

Bennett said there were first-time painters among some of the class, but they came in all skill levels.

“We encourage first-time painters to just get out of the house and meet people,” he said. “We have a blast. You have a little wine and do a little painting. They call it liquid courage for a reason.”

He doesn’t just throw you out there, he said, but demonstrates how it’s done on a canvas in front of the class. Bennett brings in one on his paintings and sets it up. Then he paints it on another canvas and talks about how to paint, he said. It was a freighter last time. This time it will be a lighthouse.

“We try to create a fun atmosphere where they can enjoy themselves. I go around while they’re painting and give suggestions if they want it,” he said.

Students are encouraged to come early and roam the gallery. Two of the galleries are presently showcasing art. One of them is the 2013 Artistic Discovery Art Competition, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Candice Miller. The voting ended on April 13 but all of the artwork will still be on display at Studio 1219. The artwork can also be viewed on the “Congresswoman Candice Miller” Facebook page. Also showing is the “Peace, Love, Rock & Roll, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s” exhibit.

Prusik said the expansive area the studio is housed in makes it possible to have many different activities and events going on, all close by.

“When you come here, it’s a destination; not just a one-event stop. It’s really like an outing,” she said.

They are getting ready for their Spring Art Market soon, a showing of “better crafts,” Prusik explained. The items on display are a higher caliber than a basic bazaar, she said, but not quite fine arts either. Once the artists’ work is juried, they get to display their wares twice a year at the studio.

Studio 1219 hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday the studio is open from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Sunday the studio is closed. For more information about classes or shows, call (810) 984-2787.


Studio 1219 hosts student art contest

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014

By Barb Pert Templeton, Voice Reporter

Self-portraits, modified photos and an impressive display of colorful original art works line the walls of a gallery at Studio 1219 this month as part of a Congressional Art Exhibit.

The 2014 submissions to Rep. Candice Miller’s (MI-10) Congressional Artistic Discovery Competition will remain on display until April 29.

The Congressional Art Competition honors high school students from each of the nation’s congressional districts. The contest is open to all high school students.

“Every year, I look forward to this opportunity to see and really appreciate the work of our talented young artists,” Miller stated in a press release about the exhibit. “It is my hope that this competition, as well as the exhibit, gives these students a chance to showcase and realize their true talent.”

Michele Bourdo, education director at Studio 1219, said this is the second year the gallery has hosted the Congressional Art Exhibit. She said the competition is for high school students across the area and pretty much every medium is represented in their works.

Modified photography, pen and ink, pencil, painting and photography are among the art works currently on display. There are a total of 116 entries in the local competition representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District.

A semi-formal reception that includes the announcement of the 2014 contest winners, selected by judges chosen by staff at Miller’s office, is held for the artists, their supporters and the general public.

Last year there were 12 winners announced from District 10 and in addition to scholarship monies, the students had their art placed on display for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Rules for the contest are pretty straight forward and include all high school students, including those in grades seven to 12, if a district happens to have that many grades in their senior high. All entries must be two-dimensional art works that are framed and must be the artists’ original concept and design.

Categories for entries include painting, drawing, collage, print, mixed medium, computer generated and photography. Since the contest was established in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated in the program.

“It’s remarkable to me because when I was younger there wasn’t this kind of technology and they are so much more creative today,” Bourdo said, “and even some that are still just basic art works are just beautiful.”

While the studio hosts monthly shows featuring art from area high school students, Bourdo said the Congressional Art Exhibit offers perhaps a bit more interest and excitement.

“The student shows we do monthly are not a competition and this one is so it brings in more people,” Bourdo said, “and there’s a little more prestige for the kids.”

Studio 1219 is the largest art facility in the Great Lakes region and houses six galleries of local art in an 8,000-square-foot building in Port Huron. It is located at 1219 Military St.

Studio 1219 hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday. The display will be open to the public until Tuesday, April 29.

Barb Pert Templeton is a freelance reporter. She can be contacted at barbperttempleton.reporter@yahoo.com.