Residents find creative escape at local studio Junction Arts in Frisco's Rail District




Nazanin Ahmady is the owner of Junction Arts studio. (Photos by Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Nazanin Ahmady is the owner of Junction Arts studio. (Photos by Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Nazanin Ahmady is the owner of Junction Arts studio. (Photos by Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Nazanin Ahmady holds a handmade scrapbook detailing the history of Junction Arts. (By Matt Payne)
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Nazanin Ahmady first bought the house from Armondo Balderramos in 2018. Balderramos, who lived in the house as a child, can still be seen helping around the property and even creating artwork. (By Matt Payne)
A dream born between a pair of Frisco artists two years ago has not wavered in the face of uncertainty.

Nazanin Ahmady and Zahra Jahanyfard, who teach at the Junction Arts studio, said they have continued to safely offer art therapy and instruction through the pandemic. One step inside their whimsically designed domain reveals a vast array of art tools and supplies and the fruits of creative labor.

Junction Arts is located in an orange house with blue shutters on the south side of the Depot Cafe on Half Main Street. The art school has had to reduce capacity to accommodate a maximum of five guests in any given class, but Ahmady said the studio will soon be expanded to add another room and more patio space for outdoor sessions. This will help spread students out with social distancing.

“We’ve gotten creative in different ways to not let go of the dream,” she said.

Ahmady added that she sometimes reserves the studio for only herself and art therapy clients. Moreover, Junction Arts recently began hosting a book club that gathers virtually over Zoom video calls.


Services at the studio include pottery, painting, illustration, fabric work and many others. Ahmady said she and Jahanyfard both like to tailor classes to individual desires.

Ahmady, who owns Junction Arts, bought the house from Armondo Balderramos in 2018. Balderramos, who lived in the house as a child, can still be seen helping around the property and creating artwork, Ahmady said. Balderramos and Frisco resident Brad Sharp, who came up with the Junction Arts name, helped the artist duo manifest the space into a downtown community fixture, she said.

The idea to create an urban art hub came when Ahmady saw day laborers congregating at the adjacent Quick Check Convenience Store and Depot Cafe. She felt compelled, she said, to create a place where they could potentially practice a new medium.

Since the studio opened in 2018, Ahmady said, she has sought ways to bring the community together through art. Before the pandemic, she held workshops for children with special needs and seniors.

Ahmady, who serves on the Frisco Public Art Board, advocates for art as a form of introspection. She said she believes anyone can enrich themselves through creation.

“This is a safe space where you can listen to yourself,” Ahmady said.

Junction Arts

6765 Half Main St., Frisco

469-770-0980

www.artinfrisco.com

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By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.