Students And Teachers Craft Artistic Communities At Canvas 2 Paint

Michael Neary
Rapid City Journal, S.D.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Entrepreneur Kelly Benke shares her unique experiences and growth as both a business owner and teacher.

Rapid City

When Kelly Benke began teaching painting at the Canvas 2 Paint studio in Rapid City about four years ago, she wasn’t sure it was going to stick.

“If you had asked me when I started if I’d be teaching now, I would have told you no,” she said.

Benke noted that she’s experienced her share of anxiety in groups, something that had made the prospect of teaching and interacting with lots of people seem out of reach. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case.

“It’s been really good for me,” she said. “It’s helped me overcome a lot of that.”

In some ways Benke’s experience as a teacher reflects some of the students’ feelings as they settled into the studio during a recent lesson. On that evening, about 30 students were taking a lesson from Benke, and some described the experience as the start of an adventure.

“I would like to be able to paint one day,” said Kevin Diatezua, positioned in front of his canvas. “This is a new thing I’d like to try. First time, first day.”

Angelina McMahon said she was receiving her lesson as a Christmas present from her husband Paul McMahon, who attended with her.

“We actually enjoy painting together in our home,” Angelina McMahon said.

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