ABOUT US

Who We Are

At Art 145 LLC, when we think about how an individual can make a positive impact on the world, we believe that feeling sure of our opinions, being open to giving love, and communicating thoughtfully are the foundational components. We also believe that to achieve these actions, taking the time to be creative is necessary. We want to help cultivate a community that encourages these three actions, and therefore, encourages creativity.


Located in the scenic Tonto National Forest, Art 145 LLC operates a public studio space, art classes for adults and children, and soon an artist-in-residence program. We promote a collaborative community, foster new work and intellectual exchange, and provide artists with exposure to our unique town. We are a hub for creatives to experiment, learn new mediums, and improve their craft.


Our studio spaces for community members of all ages are rapidly growing, and currently include specialty tools and materials for mediums such as sewing, knitting, and photography; popular materials such as canvas, charcoal, and oil pastels; and of course crafting materials such as rotary cutters, hot melt glue, and scrapbooking paper. All types of art are encouraged, and we love adding new tools and materials as we see interest.


We provide structured classes as well as open studio time. Our more specialized classes are taught by artists who either have a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, decades of experience in their respective field, or exceptional talent in the arts. We also encourage emerging artists who want to share their excitement for their craft to apply to teach classes at Art 145 with a provided aide.

There are many ways to participate in the arts at Art 145. The best way to immerse yourself in the arts is to sign up for our membership where you get unlimited studio time and discounts on all classes. Learn more on our membership tab. If you have any questions or suggestions for how to widen our reach in the world of art, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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MEET THE TEAM

The Faces of Our Organization

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MAYA BARTON

Founder

Founder of Art 145, Barton holds a BFA in Sculpture from Arizona State University. Maya runs most of the operations at Art 145, including teaching many of the classes, all marketing and design, and art mentoring.

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DAVID BARTON

Facilities Manager

We would not be where we are today without David; he has maintained our facilities, and build much of it from scratch. He is the brains of all studio flow and operations.

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MARILEE LASCH

Art Teacher

Teaching many of our art classes, Marilee has been a professional artist and teacher for decades.

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BERT ARCHER

Drawing Teacher

It may come as a shock to those who know Bert as a baker, but he is also an incredible artist with an eye for detail and a passion for the process. Bert teaches figure drawing where students learn charcoal drawing using a live model.