Ahwatukee resident Jean Moore and her daughter, Stephanie Siatta, have started a home art party business, and locals are creating favorable buzz about the classes being offered by the mother-daughter team.

Moore and Siatta are award-winning artists who want to inspire people and make art fun. “It’s like therapy,” said Siatta. The women put participants at ease and classes are friendly, with full instructions and materials included.

Classes are designed to teach people of every skill level about different art techniques. The women always consider the group’s skill level as well as interests when coming up with an idea for a hosted home-based class, which instantly becomes a party and social gathering. Depending on the group’s skill level, the classes last between two to three hours.

So far the women have designed three party themes and have received positive feedback about each. Classes typically include eight to 12 attendees and average $20 per person. Hostesses receive free art kits and door prizes are offered. Moore and Siatta are looking forward to the abundance of holidays that make up the end of the year. 

The duo said that they did not create this business for financial reasons. They are passionate about art and find great satisfaction in seeing what the members of the class are able to accomplish, especially after claiming they have no artistic talent. Resident Ayn Tucker said she was “thrilled to be able to explore her creative side,” and proudly displays her crafty creation in her home.

Moore and Siatta’s philosophy is that works of art can be made out of almost anything if people know how to approach it. One would be in awe after viewing the multitude of art forms exhibited in Moore’s home, including trading cards, blocks, stamps, coasters and stencils, just to mention a few. It’s hard not to become enthusiastic about art when being in the same room with these two artists.

“I didn’t play with Barbie dolls as a child. I designed their houses,” said Moore.

While the main focus of their parties is for guests to walk out with a finished product, both women agree it is more satisfying to see people leave with knowledge of the techniques that were taught in the class. The women do not encourage slot A to slot B types of art projects but instead try to encourage creativity.

“There is some amazing art that walks out of the house,” Moore said. 

Moore and Siatta had been hosting art gatherings for about a year before they decided to go ahead with their home-based party business. According to Moore, the art parties were a natural step to include her daughter in the business and share their knowledge with the community.

Moore has two other Internet-based companies, www.AlteredPages.com and www.MailboxMuse.com, dedicated to inspiring creativity and personal accomplishment with paper crafting, altered art, assemblage art, card making, and more. Moore and husband, Ed, moved to Ahwatukee in 1986 and are active in civic and volunteer activities. Siatta lives in Surprise with her two children.

Home parties are being booked for the upcoming months and include holiday décor themes. For more information, call (480) 706-1200 or email Artsociates@gmail.com.

• Jeremy Bush is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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