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Difference Maker: Jennifer Kennedy

What fills your soul? For Jennifer Kennedy, owner of Dewey Dabbles, art fills her soul.

Within a few minutes of speaking with her, you can sense her passion.

Jennifer was hooked on art after taking her first art class at Anderson Ranch 19 years ago. She discovered a second home at her neighbor's art studio after volunteering there. Shortly after, she began bringing her adopted preteens to the studio after arriving in the Valley over a decade prior. After falling in love with the business, she jumped at the first chance to buy her neighbor's studio and has never looked back.

Dewey Dabbles in Art opened its doors 13 years ago, named after their beloved family pug. Dewey Dabbles has evolved into more than just a place to create, paint your own pottery, or hold a birthday party. It has evolved into a safe space for all ages in our community. All levels of artists are encouraged to try out an art class or take a spin on the pottery wheel.

Art allows us to connect with people on a deeper level. This is a place to get lost and unplug from your phone and the rest of the world's troubles. It's also a great location to meet new people and reconnect with old friends. Youth who participate in art programs get the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests outside of the school setting. Bullying is not accepted in the art studio, and discussions, rather than discipline, are encouraged. Jennifer believes that sharing personal stories and honest conversations go hand-in-hand with art. She fosters a welcoming environment for both adolescents and adults, to the point that they trust and confide in her because of her warm heart.

Jennifer would not change a thing, even after a long or busy day; she genuinely enjoys what she does, and receiving a hug or a sketch from an attendee makes every long day worthwhile. If you are interested or maybe even afraid to try out art, Jennifer compares painting pottery to a coloring page. You can be simple or as intricate as you want; you don't have to be an artist at all, and she will help you every step of the way.

To find out more or take a class, go to to sign up and learn from Jennifer, a wonderful and inspiring member of our community.

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