It all started with hair bows.
Ten years ago, local artist Erica Blosser started making bows under the business “Rica’s Bowtique.” It quickly grew to be a familiar name in Newark and, when Blosser’s husband gifted her a silhouette cutter to make wedding decorations, she took another leap forward.
She began making signs with vinyl details before jumping head-first into painting pallet art. All the while, Blosser was attending college full-time and working a full-time job, but the orders just kept rolling in.
Eventually, she quit her job to make pallet art full time. Since then, she’s opened up her own space at The Collective in Newark, along with 14 other artists. “I always thought that I would be more in marketing. I never dreamed I would be doing this, having this business, full time.”
Since February, she’s hosted painting workshops every few weeks, and has classes available by request for parties, group nights out, or any other occasion. “We’re still working on getting more people in, because of the location, you know, but there are fifteen artists here (at The Collective),” she said.
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