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Social worker leaves career to pursue artistic dreams

Moonflower Arts owner Kimberly Scott even inspired her postman to pick up a paint brush. For Christmas, he bought his wife a paint set and soon returned to her shop for more supplies because they’re both dabbling with art as they near retirement, she said.

“People are usually amazed at what they can do,” 45-year-old Scott said. “Mostly, art is a technique. People think it’s some mysterious thing.”

Since opening Moonflower Arts in October, Scott has been working to dispel those myths and foster residents’ creative side through encouragement and classes.

The decorative painter decided to open the Alexander Gardens shop as a way to slowly transition into her own retirement as she grows older. She quit her job as a social worker when her kids left home to focus on her passions that could be channeled into a profession.

To aid artists-in-the-rough, Scott is holding a $30 session to make crystal bracelets Feb. 6 and a $16 polymer clay bead class March 1.

Besides jewelry supplies, she carries paints, brushes, canvases and other art supplies at prices competitive with major art stores. “Just because I’m the little guy doesn’t mean I jack up the prices,” she noted.

Read the full story in Wednesday's Merced Sun-Star.