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Angie Wieck, Published July 03 2012

Artful way to learn

LISBON, N.D. – ArtNfusion owner Shellee Sauer was advised by her mother to marry a doctor or a lawyer when she said she wanted to be an artist. Instead, Sauer fell in love with a mechanic and postponed her dreams of studying art to work and raise a family.

Sauer eventually did earn an arts education degree when her kids were grown. And last year, she took those dreams a step further by opening an arts center in Lisbon with her husband, Jeff Sauer.

“I’ve offered art camps through my home and art classes through my home, but I’ve always wanted to go on a bigger scale,” Sauer said.

Sauer teaches classes in painting, printmaking, drawing and clay. She also offers walk-in creative opportunities in contemporary bisque or ceramics, mosaic art, canvas painting, glass fusing and more.

Business started to pick up when Sauer began hosting an event called Artsy Ladies the third Thursday of every month.

Women are invited to come, sans kids, to participate in art projects such as ceramic garden flowers and up-cycled mosaic garden rocks. They are also encouraged to bring hors d’oeuvres and drinks to enjoy during the class.

News of Artsy Ladies has spread, and Sauer has subsequently booked several classes for other women’s groups, such as gardening clubs.

It is important to Sauer that art education and opportunities are available to everyone. One way she hopes to promote art in her community is by offering classes to Lisbon Public School teachers and students.

ArtNfusion also provides studio time, space and access to a pottery wheel. Artists have the option of paying per session or buying a punch ticket at a reduced cost and are also responsible for buying their own clay.

Business profile

Address: 701 Main St., Lisbon

Phone: (701) 683-6970

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday

Website: https://www.facebook.com/artnfusion

Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501

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