"Be the person you needed when you were little" is the motto of Jennifer Thomas at the Potter Art Loft. Jennifer had wished she had had a creative spot to go to when she was little, and now area children have that creative outlet.
Some years ago, a professional artist had a studio above the Collective Gathering in Potter. When the area was vacated, Thomas decided that would be a perfect spot for a community art space.
Before the pandemic, she taught all day, then opened the art loft for kids to do painting and projects after school.
"We had tons of kids before COVID," she said.