Teacher takes over as owner at Zionsville’s MyArt


By Heather Lusk

Buffe Challand is the new owner of MyArt. (Photo by Heather Lusk)

Buffe Challand is the new owner of MyArt. (Photo by Heather Lusk)

After starting her creative art studio in 2000, MyArt owner Barb Hegeman has transferred her business to one of her teachers, Buffe Challand, as of March 1.

“I’m ready for some new challenges,” said Hegeman, who hopes to focus on her own art projects instead of running the business full time. She will continue to teach part time at MyArt, which originally started as Monart.

Challand began teaching at the studio six years ago at the Broad Ripple location before teaching locally and jumped at the chance to take over the business. She had taught at Sycamore School and will bring MyArt camps there, as well as the International School of Indianapolis in conjunction with the summer camps at the Zionsville studio.

“I want to build upon the success that Barb has created,” she said. “Of course I love kids and I just love teaching them and seeing how they develop. They amaze me.”

She said she would like to bring fundraising opportunities to the studio, charging people to attend a painting class with a portion going back to the organization being benefitted.

For certain events or parties she plans to offer surfaces other than canvas such as chalkboard, palette wood, metal or MDF board.

“I’m going to transition this summer into an open studio,” she said. Resources will be available for assistance, but there will be no specific instruction during these open studio times.

Challand, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, will continue spring break art camps and other camps through the summer. Details will be posted to the MyArtIndy.com website and are specific only to the Zionsville location, 40 E. Poplar St.

“I’m not trying to change things. I’m just trying to add new things,” Challand said.

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