Kaleidoscope Art Studio is owned by Shelley Armiger. As an artist, crafter and educator, Shelley is passionate about encouraging creativity, self esteem and exploration through a love for art.
From fiber arts and watercolor to the fabulous melty-beads of the 90’s, Shelley has been a life long crafter and entrepreneur. Raised in a family of cooks, boat-builders, artists, sewers, and knitters, it was expected that if you want to make something, you just figure it out. As an 11-year-old, Shelley pursued her first business venture, embroidering denim pants with hearts and flowers. Throughout high school and college, Shelley taught art and nature themed camps in Chestertown. While attending Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, Shelley became interested in the process art method and it’s positive impact on children’s creativity, confidence, and love for art. This method, which focuses on a child’s creative process rather than the finished product, became Shelley’s guiding philosophy in teaching.
After graduating in 2011 with a BS in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Shelley returned to Maryland where she worked at Radcliffe Creek School for 5 years, teaching preschool through second grade students. Shelley lives with her husband, Ben, and two sons, River and Olin, on their farm just outside of Chestertown. When she’s not crafting, teaching or creating, you can find her at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market with her Blue Heron Farm’s organic jams.