Written by David Katz, email@example.com Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00
Art is original. Art is different. And for SoulShine’s Dvora Troshane, art is persevering.
Troshane, the founder of Port Washington staple Dvora’s Art Studio and Peace Love Art Studio, has now taken her artistic talents to 146 Main Street (right next to El Rey de La Cocina), under the name SoulShine.
SoulShine, like Troshane’s past art studios, is centered on art class for children (and adults) that expose students to a variety of artistic mediums including drawing, painting, beading, and more. What makes SoulShine different from her old studios is that Troshane is really trying to move away from just “walk-in art,” as she calls it, and focus more on children’s classes, birthday parties, workshops, art camps, and the occasional Ladies’ Night Out. Troshane wants to share art with the world, and this is what makes the artist’s classes so fun — her passion and dedication to her students.
Troshane’s passion for art is contagious, which makes her a great teacher, but a few years ago Troshane’s health made it harder and harder for her to share her passion with her students. The artist suffered three gall bladder attacks over the course of a few months, which led to a cholecystectomy, or gall bladder removal. Troshane’s surgery and her recovery, in conjunction with her long commute from South Hampton, restricted her ability to be at the art studio, which ultimately forced Troshane to close her studio with a heavy heart.
“I thought I was going to have Dvora’s Art Studio until I was old and gray… But I closed that studio, and I did not think it was going to reopen,” said Troshane. “I wasn’t in the best position in a lot of different ways, and I made the ultimate decision to close it because I felt like I didn’t have any other choice. It was not what I wanted to do, and ever since the close, I was trying to get back to that place because I felt like there was a really big piece of me that was missing.”
After closing the studio, Troshane secured a job with a graphic design company in New York City, but it wasn’t long before the artist was back in Port Washington, sharing her passion for art in the community that embraced her for over a decade:
“For the year that I didn’t have the studio, I really felt like something was lost from my life,” reminisced Troshane, “For 13 years I had Dvora’s Art Studio and Peace Love Art Studio and then I moved to a job in the city… I would only be able to teach art once a week, and all of my friends, when they saw me after I would teach, they would say that I was glowing, or shining, and I really felt like it was my soul that was shining… That’s when I knew I had to come back and that’s where the name SoulShine comes from.”
Despite the sadness that burdened Troshane after her studio’s closing, her new job in the city provided her with valuable insight into the business world and has helped her enormously with her new studio, along with a few other business endeavors.
“I worked for a company that really had a lot more funding and a lot more of a business plan than my old studio,” said Troshane. “And I just started as more of an artist with a love for art and a love for teaching children… The board of directors for the company was very knowledgeable and I feel like I really learned a lot about the financial and marketing side.”
Troshane is using her newly acquired business acumen to share her students’ art with as many people as possible. She has recently partnered with a printer in Port Washington in an attempt to establish school fundraising programs that take a student’s painting (or even Instagram), scans it, and puts the child’s unique creation on a number of different platforms including magnets, canvases, calendars, and notepads.
But, as it has always been with Troshane, the main focus is the art and sharing the artistic process with as many people as possible.
“Your artwork is your own; original and beautiful,” said Troshane. “I’m creating a world in which people are able to express themselves and be inspired by art.”