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Born Creative in Buffalo

Laura (right) with her sister Melisa Signor and niece, Tessa
Laura (right) with her sister Melisa Signor and niece, Tessa

Artist Laura Borneman is on her way back to Buffalo. After being away from this city for quite some time, Laura has decided to come back home and open an art practice called Born Creative. Knowing that she was coming home, and filled with the desire to immediately get up and running upon her return, Laura began to search out potential venues where she could offer her painting and drawing classes to the public. Upon seeing the BRO article on Pastor Nate (see here), and his mission to fill his church with creative types, Laura reached out to the pastor and within a matter of hours secured her new studio and classroom.

Classes at Born Creative will start September, 2014 and offer painting and drawing classes to people of all ages and abilities,” Laura told me. “Special workshops and artists’ presentations will

Classroom @ Parkside Lutheran
Classroom @ Parkside Lutheran

also be added in the future, as well field trips around the city to museums and galleries. Summer workshops will include landscape painting and portrait drawing/painting. Classes will be held in the Sunday School classroom at Parkside Lutheran in North Buffalo, blocks away from where I grew up, and in a very safe, beautiful, quiet neighborhood. Plenty of free parking is available. I will teach all the classes to begin with, but as the programs expand, I will bring in other artists to teach classes as well.”

It’s these sort of grassroots initiatives that make our neighborhoods coherent and strong. Laura boogied out of Buffalo thirteen years ago in 2001, when things were looking a bit bleak around here. “I was in Kalamazoo Michigan for school until 2003,” she mentioned. “Then moved to Philadelphia until 2009, and then to Bakersfield, Ca. I’m taking everything that I learned, and everything that I worked towards, and I’m rolling it all into Born Creative. The classes will be informal and fun while also providing serious and rigorous art instruction to those who want it. I have tons of experience as an artist and educator to share with students and am especially excited to be able to offer classes in the neighborhood I grew up in!”

Born Creative | Parkside Lutheran Church | 2 Wallace Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14214

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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