FIRST LOOK: Sister-brother team aims to encourage creativity at Spark: An Art Studio

Lynn Harnen and RJ Chesna opened Spark: An Art Studio in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lynn Harnen and RJ Chesna opened Spark: An Art Studio in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lynn Harnen and RJ Chesna opened Spark: An Art Studio in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Also available at Spark are ready-to-buy pieces and a display wall where customers can pick up their pieces.
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Spark also carries a small selection of gifts and home decor items.
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Spark: An Art Studio offers a wide variety of colored glass for guests to use to create collages.
Managing partners Lynn Harnen and RJ Chesna are the faces behind Brentwood’s newest make-your-own art studio, Spark: An Art Studio.

Harnen and Chesna, who are also sister and brother, opened Spark in late August at Hill Center Brentwood. Inside the studio, customers will find a wide selection of glass and tile pieces in an array of colors and shades—the medium for a handcrafted art piece to take home.

The pieces are used to create mosaics, which are pictures or patterns made by arranging small pieces. Harnen said the studio was inspired by Chesna’s mosaic tile art.

“When people come in, they may have something in mind, and then, when you start looking at different pieces, you decide to go a totally different way, so it kind of ‘sparks’ your imagination,” Chesna said.

Art pieces are made by arranging colored glass into a pattern on a canvas or board, a process that takes about two hours. After that, resin is poured over the art and allowed to cure for 24 hours. When the pieces are set, the customer can return to pick up their piece from the studio’s gallery wall, Harnen said.


Each piece costs between $54-$67 to make for adults, and prices for children start at $28. Prices are dependent on the size of the piece and the types of materials used, Harnen said.

Spark also features art that is already made by Chesna for purchase as well as embroidered tea towels, totes and jewelry from Eleven Graces, a local artisan.

Harnen said the studio has a number of safety measures in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus, including plexiglass barriers in between seating and glove and mask requirements for customers.

While the studio accepts walk-ins, Spark also accommodates private events and parties. In the future, Harnen said the studio will also host event nights and classes. Customers age 21 and older can bring a bottle of wine or other beverages to enjoy while making their mosaics, Harnen said.

Harnen and Chesna said the mosaic process helps people who think they may not be artistic bring out their creative side.

“We always recommend that people take their time, look around and get inspired by the art that’s all over the studio to see what they’d like to do,” she said.

213 Franklin Road, Ste. 110, Brentwood

615-483-9847

www.sparkartbrentwood.com

Hours: Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Mon.-Tue.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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