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When a 20's-something,open-eyed young woman strolled into The Art Studio NY one year ago, I would have never guessed how her life would transform. One New York City summer later, art has changed Amanda's life in ways she could not have imagined.

Amanda Heidel purchased a beginner's painting class via Groupon to The Art Studio NY with her three 20-something New York City gal pals.

I sensed Amanda's passion for painting immediately. Clocking in by day with corporate advertising, Amanda's true colors exploded by the end of her 2-hour painting class. She was beaming on and off the canvas. Something had awakened within.

I suggested that Amanda register for our tailor-made next level art class, FOR THE NEXT LEVEL: PAINTING, DRAWING AND MIXED-MEDIA LEVEL II with art instructor Edward Holland, and she jumped at the opportunity. One year after Amanda's beginner painting class, she now has her first solo art exhibition in New York City (not an easy feat). Read on and get a creative peak into Amanda's 1-year journey from Groupon to Gallery success.

Rebecca: Tell me about your experience at The Art Studio NY. How has it enriched your life?

Amanda: The Art Studio NY has completely changed my life for the better in so many ways. I have met incredible people, experienced amazing things, and have learned so much and am continuing to do so. The Art Studio NY has helped me learn how to become comfortable with the feeling of being uncomfortable.

Rebecca: What does it mean to you to be an artist?

Amanda: The ability to speak to people in such a unique and beautiful way without ever saying a word.

Rebecca: What was going on in your life that encouraged you to take an art class in the first place?

Amanda: I had been struggling for a while with trying to figure out who I really was and what I was meant to do with my life. I wanted to explore my options, but I was having a hard time finding my way. I drove myself mad trying to figure out how to transfer my unique ideas and concepts (that existed in my head) into an art form that made sense. I felt very frustrated. The Art Studio NY supported me with encouragement, art instruction and patience. I was then able to push through, keep moving forward and better myself, my life and my self-expression.

Rebecca: Do you ever feel afraid that you will "mess up" something you're creating? If you mess up what do you do about it?

Amanda: Of Course! I think that everyone is afraid of messing up, but art is not about perfection, so I do not look at mistakes as messing up. The mistakes or accidents in art are often really beautiful. If I make a bold move and realize that it may not have been the best move, I just see it as a way to work harder. I am then challenged to come up with creative solutions. Challenging myself and working through these difficulties helps me overcome other obstacles in life. As I continue to learn, grow, and evolve for the better, knowing that nothing is perfect, I embrace imperfection and becoming okay with what is in front of me.

Rebecca: What made you decide to exhibit your artwork? What is your goal for exhibiting your artwork?

Amanda: My goal for this art exhibit is to reach as many people as I can through my artwork. I hope to brighten someone else's day and invite them to forget their worries and problems as they become lost in my artwork. I want to inspire others to live their life the way they were meant to live it, and I wish for others to follow their intuition to achieve inner-harmony. The path to achieve this may not always be so inspiring, but the creative solutions that emerge from within you will be grand.

Rebecca: You are about to have your first solo exhibition in NYC, which is a huge accomplishment. Tell me about your exhibit and how it feels to reveal your artwork to the world.

Amanda: Handwerk is German for the word craft. I chose this name because I am German and I love crafts. The exhibit is a series of map paintings, wall hangings, and folk art. Handwerk represents the idea of acceptance and transformation- taking what is not and making it what it is. I will be actively working in the art gallery space throughout the 3 weeks, so expect new, exciting, and interesting surprises to explore!

Rebecca: What do you fear the most both in your artwork and in your life?

Amanda: I fear the feeling of being unbalanced. Balance both in my life and in my artwork is very important.

Rebecca: What is your grandest dream?

Amanda: I want to travel the world, see new things, meet interesting people, draw inspiration from other cultures and curate materials from all over. I want to express myself through art.

Comments (3)


18-Nov-2015 12:50 PM


Wow! This is awesome and you’re art is beautiful!!! I can’t believe all of the weeks and hours you’ve spent working on this and how unbelievably amazing it turned out….you should be very, very proud of yourself.
18-Nov-2015 12:50 PM

Mary Jo Coggeshall

Amanda, your desire to inspire others is wonderful and your handwerk is amazing! We’re looking forward to being able to own a piece of your art!
18-Nov-2015 12:51 PM


Amanda, I was so impressed by your artwork…but didn’t expect anything less. Your pieces are too beautiful to go unnoticed. I am so proud of you and happy you are following your dreams.

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