by Jennifer Young
Everyone’s favorite art studio is getting a new home. Mini Monet, located for years on Railroad Avenue, is moving to 128 Main Street in Sayville. “We made such wonderful memories at our old location,” said Mini Monet owner and instructor Pam Brewer, “but the new space will allow us to expand and offer the community so much more.” The extra room will allow an art gift shop and open studio sessions, among other things. The studio currently hosts classes, birthday parties, and summer camps for young children and teens. Many of those classes and camps are so popular, spots in them quickly sell out when they are announced. With the larger space, they hope to give everyone an opportunity to experience the magic.
Known for its warm and welcoming vibe, Mini Monet exists as a place for kids to explore and create while fostering a life-long love of the arts. For Brewer, that’s the most important aspect. “Nothing here is cookie-cutter art or copy paintings from books. They’re encouraged to be original! Creative! Unique! To see things around them their own way. Art should be messy and fun.”
For 5-year-old budding artist Saoirse Jane Garvey, it was the take home ceramic sculptures she loved the most. “Miss Pam has the best stuff!” Saoirse recently told the Gazette. “Mini Monet supplied ready-made craft kits to the PTA to sell as an alternative when our traditional Christmas boutique wasn’t possible due to COVID. It allowed the kids to make beautiful presents for their family instead of buying them,” said Saoirse’s mom Nora Garvey. “Everyone really loved it and it was such a help. Pam always looks for ways to support our towns and build up our kids. We’re lucky to have her.”
A talented painter in her own right, Brewer was recently profiled by Facebook page Sayville Artists, that showcases local creative personalities. Her artistic gifts coupled with her natural connection to children and adults alike, make it easy to understand why her published coloring book has sold out on Amazon and why Mini Monet continues to be everyone's favorite place to sit down, hang out, and find the inner artist in us all.
Open Studio at Mini Monet's new location:
Wednesday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm
Photos by Kate Berube