ArtWorks a non-profit, community arts education center. We are committed to providing all people in our community with quality arts education. Through dance, theatre, music and visual arts, led by passionate and qualified teachers, we aim to cultivate imagination and ingenuity and to nurture creative expression, inspiring our children and citizens to reach their full potential.
Specific goals include the following offerings, which will expand and develop with the organization.
1. Summer theatre arts camps for children
2. Creative movement classes for children
3. Dance classes for adults
4. Theatre classes for children and adults
5. Introductory music theory classes
6. Instrumental music instruction
7. Visual arts classes for children and adults
8. Master classes in the Arts taught by professional
ArtWorks on Main
94 North Main Street
ArtWorks on Main is home to our Visual Arts studio and Smart Start (Arts Immersion PreK).
ArtWorks on the Square
310 Monument Square
ArtWorks on the Square is home to our dance and aerial silk studio. This location also houses our main office, music and theatre classes, and rehearsal space.
Board of Trustees
President: Cheryl Adams
Vice President: Donnie Wilkerson
Treasurer: John Adams
Secretary: Elle Robertson
Cheryl Palonis Adams
Executive Director & Dance Instructor
Cheryl has choreographed numerous musicals in high schools, colleges, and community theatre. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Utah and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban-Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York. Cheryl taught Dance and English in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools for over 30 years. Cheryl and her husband, John, live on their farm in Ono, KY.
Education Director, Aerial Silk Instructor, and Smart Start Lead Teacher
Marisa has been singing, playing, and performing since she was five. Her performing arts background is varied and features vocal performance, piano, percussion, acting, dancing, and aerial silks. Marisa holds a BA and MA from Lindsey Wilson College. She is a former elementary school teacher and current home educator with 20 years of teaching experience. She is an actor, director, and choreographer at the Star Theater and serves our community through various groups and boards. She loves art, teaching, her family, good books, and her garden.
Jessalyn provides help and support for ALL of our classes.
"I love art as a way to explore my very own creativity and unique ideas. It’s also a beautiful way to give others joy in their lives. I’ve been blessed to have been a part of ArtWorks for almost two years now. I love working here and being with people who share the same passions and goals as I do.
Visual Arts Instructor
Tristan is a Russell County native that has enjoyed creating and making since childhood. Although his career now as a hospital clinical pharmacist can tend towards the technical and analytical, he feels it is vital to make time to create and enjoy art. He particularly enjoys watercolor, linocut block printing, and woodworking. He and his wife live in Jamestown with their two sons Marshall and Foster.