The Baroquen Canvas, pronounced bəˈrōk, or in southeast Kentucky, ba-rok, (short a, long o) opened for business mid-February, 2016.
“While my family and I were discussing potential names, I decided to look up the term “baroque” knowing it related to the 17th century art period. After I read the definition of “imperfect or irregular” it became quite the opposite; it was the perfect name for us.”
With an understanding that we are living in a time where so many people just seem to be broken spiritually, and personally experiencing the calming effect that art has on personal well-being-- well it just made perfect sense. Hence, The Baroquen Canvas was born!
The Baroquen Canvas is the result of owner Jen Riley’s genuine love of children’s art. As a preschool teacher in her hometown of London KY, Jen has dedicated the past 13 years to Laurel County’s smallest individuals. That dedication has now spilled over to older children and adults in the form of step-by-step instruction in order to guide others in the recreation of original canvas art.
“I have been drawing and creating as long as I can remember. Once I became a mother, and especially a college student, then teacher, it became less and less. After attending a few birthday celebrations at paint and sips in neighboring counties, I started noticing just how many others were also traveling over an hour to do the same exact thing. After that it was something that just kept coming back to me time and time again.
There just isn’t a whole lot of things to do when you live in Smalltown, USA. This is something people seem to be interested in. It would be something new and fun for Laurel County. It would allow others a social opportunity to be creative, and if that would in turn allow me to create again, then it is definitely going to be worth it.”