Pinka Art Studio is a long time passion project of mine that I am finally able to make come true. As a long time business owner in the Orlando area, I am very driven to make every business I own successful. The word Pinka comes from combining two words: Pink and Ka. Ka is the spirit that is left behind after someone passes away. 5 years ago I lost my daughter to a very rare disease. Katie was nine years old. She instilled in me a passion that goes well beyond being a parent. I love children and really enjoy seeing them creating memories through art. I want to create a loving safe place where children and children at heart can create anything their hearts desire. I want Pinka to be a community gathering space for anyone wanting an outlet to express themselves through art. Since I was a small child, I have been involved in the art community. My mother is a very talented art and music teacher who always had a new project for us to try or an art studio class to attend. We went to art camps and even taught art classes along side her as we got older. People are happy when they can step outside of the normal day to day and use their expressive side to create art, no matter what the medium, and I am so excited for this opportunity to bring these events and space to Apopka!
Art and Music Director
Tel: 407 853-3250
Sue graduated from Colgate University with a degree in Music Performance and studied art and music in an art school in Chennai, India. Sue has taught K-12 music in private schools and has directed numerous adult and children’s choirs. She is a licensed Geriatric Activities Director and ran programs for several large nursing homes in New York. She has been the Art Director at several art galleries and art centers in New York and Las Vegas where she taught both children and adult art classes. For 10 years, Sue was the Music and Art Specialist at Pathfinder Village, a residential center for children and adults with Downs Syndrome. While at Pathfinder, Sue developed a handbell choir program directed using sign language and the handbell choir toured the United States. A documentary film was produced about this program. Pathfinder Village won recognition every year at Very Special Arts in New York for resident artwork. Sue has been teaching private music lessons for 35 years in piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, and medieval recorder. She has won several awards for her community art projects in at-risk neighborhood art centers. She has done multiple programs as an Artist in Residence for several school districts creating art experiences to enhance curriculum. Sue recently moved from the West Coast to Florida to teach art and music at Pinka.
Chelsea is attending college to pursue a Nursing degree. She is a licensed EMT and CNA. Chelsea plays the Oboe and has performed with several orchestras. She is a member of Culture Shock Las Vegas, a national dance company whose purpose is to provide programs for at-risk youth. She was the Supervisor for an after-school program for medically frail children. Chelsea is a bead artist who creates her own designs and teaches bead classes.
Adam started in the bar business when he was 17 as a barback and quickly moved up the ranks. After his time in the United States Air Force, he worked at many bars and nightclubs before becoming the Lab Manager at a large ear-phone manufacturer in the music industry for 10 years. Not only will he be the Bar Manager, but he is an incredible carpenter and built the stage and the bar at Pinka. Adam is the guy everyone loves and we can't wait to have him as part of the team.