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An early start

Teaching and creating art has always been Kelly Jean Gillow’s passion.

Describing her vibrant colored acrylic paintings, she said, “My goal is it will be a catalyst for the attraction of positive energy for the viewer.”

So how did the talented abstract painter who has won numerous awards and been published in several serious art books, as well as having her works hanging in national galleries and all over the world, end-up teaching abstract painting and science to preschool children?

“I actually started out of my home in 2010 and I began doing an art and science camp with a handful of kids,” Gillow explained.

She ran the camps there for two years, but then in 2012 the business was growing so much, she realized it was time to move the business out of her Saylorsburg home and find a larger location.

“I just started rolling numbers and getting the word out and then the word just spread, and she had parents calling her to enroll their child in her program,” she said.

She finally actually got the business legalized and established because, it was just a kind of a hobby in the beginning,” Gillow said.

She started looking for a place to lease and found a double store front in Brodheadsville, across the road from Wawa and one of the storefronts was vacant.

‘‘The place was perfect and I could feel the space had lots of positive energy when I walked through the door, 10 years ago,” said Gillow.

She wants to let people know Country Home Learning and Art Center is a kids and family fun studio. It used to be a walk-in art store, but now they have to make an appointment to join a session because she opened a preschool during the school year and in the summer she teaches art and science camps.

I feel very lucky because I really love teaching my preschoolers about art and science and I like teaching adults in the evening.

This past year wasn’t always smooth, according to Gillow. In February a water pipe on the second floor above the art studio broke and completely flooded her studio.

“It was tough but we are almost finished with the restorations, and we opened up about two weeks ago, and it really looks great in here now,” she said.

Gillow is well known in art circles for her amazing abstracts in bright popping colors that catch the viewer’s eye. Her paintings can be seen in all the major museums in the states and in every noted museum in Europe. If you are serious about art, many of her acrylic abstracts are in a number prestigious art books.

“I’ve studied at the Procter Gallagher Institute, and went through his program, and that’s where I got a lot of my education,” she said.

Recently her art work was on display at the Pax Gallery in Vienna in Germany.

Even though she has a number of her works that won accolades, she considers teaching children and showing them the beauty in art is one of the most important things for young minds.

Kelley Jean Gillow likes to display her contemporary art in her studio to brighten up the studio and let the preschoolers enjoy her art. AMY LEAP/TIMES NEWS
Kelly Jean Gillow, owner of Country Home Learning and Art Center in Brodheadsville, reads to her young students.
Kelley Jean Gillow paints mostly abstracts in colorful acrylics.
Preschool students gather on the rug every day to listen to their favorite stories at the end of the day before it is time to go home.