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NEW BUFFALO, Mich. — Being considered non-essential is something no business owner wants to hear these days, but the founder of Elsie Earl Art Studio is trying to get the word out for other opportunities.

“I love watching people discover their abilities in art, owner Loretta Friend said.
“A lot of times people are afraid to try things, so I love being able to give them opportunities, even if they don’t feel like they’re artistic.”

The pandemic has since paused all the activities offered, but Friend still wants local artists to apply to teach virtual art classes of any kind, something she said provides a needed escape that all can enjoy.

“I think everybody just needs something to take their mind off of, and art is very therapeutic,” Friend said.
“You’re working with your hands often and you’re doing beautiful things, or whatever you want to express.”

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