Buffalo’s newest airbrushing store, Tempest Air, will officially be opening its doors for business on Monday, October 18.
Located at 459 Amherst Street, the store will offer custom airbrush artwork services to any customer looking to add a little creativity to their clothing, shoes, license plates, musical instruments–you name it. “Literally, if you can squeeze it through our doors we can paint it up,” said owner Jenn Mayberry.
Mayberry, who has always had a passion for art, began working with airbrushing when she was a junior in high school. She was hired at a local store where she learned how to airbrush on the job. She originally conceived of the idea of opening her own fine art store when she was attending Buffalo State College for oil painting. However, airbrushing allowed her to produce artwork much faster than painting, so she decided to change direction slightly and open an airbrushing store instead.
“This way, I could offer people affordable artwork in a reasonable amount of time, and they get to be involved in the designing process,” Mayberry said. “Also, owning my own store allows me the flexibility and freedom to pursue my love of oil painting and drawing in my own time.”
Mayberry will be running the store alongside Ken Cosentino, her right-hand man. She is also in the process of instructing two new artists who will join them. She has done numerous projects, most recently a donation for the Buffalo Zoo, which consisted of a custom airbrushed skirt that wraps around their Safari Cart. “I put my heart and soul into every piece I paint,” Mayberry said. “If you are looking for something handmade and not mass-produced, Tempest Air is just what you’ve been looking for.”
Tempest Air is located at 459 Amherst Street across from 464 Gallery.
They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Though they will be open for business on October 18, they will be hosting their grand opening celebration on November 13 at 7 p.m. The party will feature live music from Coterie of Stern and the Dragon Ritual Drummers, as well as a fire dancing performance by Pyromancy. Brickyard Pub will be catering the event.