Jenny Perry of Jenny Perry Mosiacs held the grand opening of her new art studio at 127 W. Grand Ave. from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 18.
Perry was born and raised in the Torrance area, which is a suburb of Los Angeles, Calif.
“I was actually born in Dominguez Valley Hospital in Compton, California,” Perry said. “I guess that makes me straight out of Compton.”
Perry moved to Frederick in 1988 when she started working at the Frederick Post Office. She has been making mosaics for 15 years and has taken workshops in Italy, Mexico, Chicago and Dallas. Before she opened her first studio six years ago, she did all of her work at her home studio.
“The first piece of art I ever sold was a mermaid drawing in the second-grade. All the little girls in Mrs. Nieman’s class had to have one. I think I sold them for a quarter,” Perry said. “I found out early that it’s a wonderful thing to make money from something you’ve created that someone else has fallen in love with.”
“I’ve worked at the post office for 28 years,” she said. “I only have three more until I can retire and make art all the time.”
Perry said that she also does a little painting and some mixed-media art, but mosaics are her true love. She sells her work at art shows and at her studio, and gives monthly workshops.
“I love how I can just get lost in making a piece of art and put the rest of the world aside. I love taking things that seem irretrievably broken and turning them into something beautiful,” Perry said. “I love that whatever crazy ideas I come up with, people will just say, ‘Oh well, she’s an artist.’ ”
Perry’s upcoming workshop dates are Sept. 24, Oct. 29 and Nov. 19. A full-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will cost $100 and a $50 deposit is required.
For more information, contact Perry at 580-770-1964 or [email protected]
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602