Impacting Other's Lives Through Creativity and Play
Hi! Could you Tell us a bit ABOUT yourself and THE EXPERIENCES YOU OFFER THROUGH VERLOCAL?
Hi, my name is Jill Johnson and just over a year ago, I purchased The Paint Mixer. We are a locally and woman-owned business with two locations in Utah, one in Park City the other in Salt Lake. In addition to our physical studios, we have our Van-Go Mobile Studio that allows us to bring our studio to you at any location! We specialize in step-by-step painting adventures and love helping all of our clients find their inner artist.
With Verlocal guests can link to our website and sign up for any of the classes that we offer, or request a private event of your liking.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INSPIRED TO BEGIN THIS PAINT AND SIp BUSINESS?
I was approached by the previous owner through a business broker. I had been considering a creative business start-up and then The Paint Mixer came to us and here we are!
WHAT DOES YOUR PASSION MEAN TO YOU?
I am incredibly passionate about creativity and play. These two elements are often overlooked in our schools and in our culture as a whole. It is my belief, that creativity and play not only enrich our lives but are vital to our wellness mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The creative spirit allows us to be flexible in our thinking, try new things, learn from mistakes and grow as a whole. We are so focused on results, that we forget to enjoy the process. At The Paint Mixer, we love getting our guests engaged in the process with music, fun, (sometimes a drink or two), and eventually get to a final product that reflects their creative expression.
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION AND TEACH YOUR EXPERTISE?
I am an Art Therapist and have witnessed countless times the incredible impact of creative expression. In my private practice, I specialize in trauma, particularly PTSD and MST, and survivors of sexual assault. With art, they disrupt their narratives and see alternative perspectives, ideas, and possible healing solutions.
With The Paint Mixer, we bring art to the general public in a non-threatening and encouraging atmosphere. I often refer to The Paint Mixer as our creative spa and the art therapy I do with Wound Warrior Project, Project Odyssey, The National Ability Center and Art Access as the "PT" the physical therapy that is more in-depth and gets below the surface.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LINK BETWEEN YOUR CLASSES AND THE COMMUNITY AROUND YOU?
We are a locally owned company and pride ourselves in offering local products and experiences. Our art reflects the beauty of Utah's landscapes, our products show a range of the amazing small business owners in Utah and our team is local lovers of all things Utah. We host events at the Utah Natural History Museum and at Whole Foods in Park City, among others. We love to give back to the community through donations and fundraisers. I refer to our team as creative concierges, not only are they hosting you in the studio, but help guide your experience outside of the studio.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT/ BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SINCE YOU STARTED TEACHING YOUR CLASSES.
Honestly, it happens every time someone comes in and declares that they "are not an artist". Then they begin and the next thing you know, their doubts turn into excitement, giggles, and surprise. I love that moment, when a belief of "I am not creative" transforms into, "I AM!"
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE CLASS THEMES AND THE STORY BEHIND IT?
My favorite right now is our new Board Room, we have been making custom ski signs, and I love to see our studio transform into a workshop where our guests are distressing wood, staining, painting and transforming a plank of wood into a work of art.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT/STORY YOU’VE HAD BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS?
As I mentioned, before, the moment when a non-believer, becomes a believer in their own creative process. Our kid camps and groups, never doubt their work like adults. They come in a paint without commentary and have fun. It's when I see an adult let go of their limitations and expand into a new understanding!