Welcome to my new blog for Art in the Garden Studio. My name is Beverly Yantorno and I’m a Colorado transplant that spent the past 20 years selling homes in Denver, CO. I own Art in the Garden Studio with my husband, Dale Lewis. After moving to Ahwatukee, I was drawn to the art community and wanted to learn to paint. I signed up for two classes, one being an acrylic and the other a watercolor class. After taking the classes I was hooked, and I started meeting professional artists in the community. The idea of starting an art studio was born.
The wheels were turning while I talked to my husband about the idea of entrepreneurship. We checked into numerous business models and attended some painting nights at establishments around the city. The idea of joining a franchise was not within my vision, as I wanted to offer art in many different forms. Not just different mediums, but in crafting, healing arts, as well as painting. We needed a classroom, room for a garden, and a place that would make a nice community gathering space.
We looked at several commercial spaces in Ahwatukee until we found this space on Chandler Boulevard about a mile from the highway. When we walked in dirt, cholla cactus, three ill-kept bushes and a tree greeted us through a large floor-to-ceiling window. No one had taken care of this space for years.