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Foreli Art Academy opens in Sandpoint

An artist, poet and musician with a strong desire to teach - that's Foreli (one name only) and the heart and soul behind The Foreli Art Academy. Located in the basement of her Sandpoint home, the school includes a large room for young students, another room for adult students to work in and a painting room. A few more rooms, empty now, are waiting for expansion of the school.

Foreli left her native Lithuania about 14 years ago. While visiting the U.S. she met her husband, Mark, and they married and settled in Missouri, where she opened her first American Art Institute.

Opening an art school was a perfect fit for this woman of many interests. Due to her teaching techniques she grew the Missouri school into a 10,000 square foot facility in a short time.

Before leaving her home country she trained at the acclaimed Russian Fine Arts School, the Lithuanian Fine Arts School, and the Fine Arts School of Italy. She also served as the director of the Soviet Union Academy of Arts.

Foreli’s energy and excitement for her art and her teaching can be felt in the room as soon as one enters her home. She points out that all children want to paint and draw at a very young age. “This should not be discouraged,” she said, “ I never criticize without praise. Always praise, and teach with love.”

With this approach, her students develop exceptional skills at a very young age. Many students are painting and selling, displaying quality works as early as eight years of age. “Because the children have the desire, their talent develops vary quickly,” she said.

Foreli plans big things for her school in Sandpoint. Her goals for the school include international accreditation, internships and apprenticeships, and classes in pottery, ceramics and stone or woodcarving. She is planning for world-acclaimed artist workshops and exhibitions. The goals include 24-hour access to studios for students and an art store for discount supplies.

“Part of being a success is marketing your work,” she points out. “I teach (my students how) to sell and manage also.”

Foreli feels that abundance and prosperity is a gift from God and must be treated as such. “I want people to prosper in life so I teach you must not only manage your resources, but give back as well.” She feels this is done through helping others. She takes her own four children to read and visit with the elderly.

“They (the seniors) love to see and be with the children - it’s a wonderful way to give.” Students are also taught the value of sharing their prosperity through donations.

Students of the Foreli Art Academy will also learn that a good life is a well-rounded life. “Music, dance, sports and other activities are important to a full life,” she said “An artist can’t prosper by hiding in a studio forever. They must get out.”

Her excitement for life is apparent and her desire for others to prosper in the arts, as she has, is clear. Foreli teaches the art of living abundantly.

The Foreli Art Academy is having an open house with refreshments on Sunday the 22nd at 1103 Birch in Sandpoint. Call 208-265-2428 for more information.


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Ernie Hawks Ernie Hawks is a former theater director who has branched into the creative fields of writing and photography. He lives in a cabin in Athol with his lovely wife Linda, and feeds the birds in his spare time.

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