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Filling Station Studios is a small, funky studio/retail space that showcases art, vintage, repurposed and painted furniture unassumingly located in a corner of the Shell gas station building on East Broad Street across Maple Street from the Brick Farm Market.

Nancy Stark and Kathy Krepcio
Nancy Stark and Kathy Krepcio

Owners Nancy Stark and Kathy Krepcio invited me to come visit the studio and I loved it so much that I came back that weekend and took an all day furniture painting workshop.

Nancy and Kathy have such talent and amazing energy. Nancy, a Hopewell Borough resident, is a fine artist who specializes in landscapes, is a certified art educator and instructor. But you might know her as the painter of the Brick Farm Market sponsored Hopewell Valley Arts Council ox “Agricolox” which won the HV Arts Council Award. Or you might know her from her murals and restoration paintings in the Kalmia Club in Lambertville and Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor.

46light-550x366And Kathy Krepcio, a Princeton resident, is the executive director of the Rutgers John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development who grew up with a mother who is a big crafter and painter.  “Public policy can be very creative. And I can cover something in paint,” Kathy said jokingly, while Nancy attested to Kathy’s creativity.

Together they share their passion for breathing new life into furniture by offering a host of furniture painting workshops. Nancy and Kathy guide workshop participants from beginning to advanced furniture painting and plan to offer even more classes in the new year.

“Anything vintage with good lines is worthy of consideration to repurpose,” said Nancy. “We want to demystify it for people.”

Here's what I painted -- boring IKEA filing cabinet no more!
Here’s what I painted — boring IKEA filing cabinet no more!

You’ll make the most beautiful creations with their guidance. And have the chance to buy their original art, painted furniture and birdhouses along with some vintage kitchen items.

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Next month, Filling Station Studios is celebrating their one year anniversary with an open studio holiday sale event on December 6 and 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm which is a great chance to check out their bird houses and colorful original paintings as well as check out their workshop schedule.

No website yet — anticipate it for 2015 but in the meantime you can find out all you need including workshop schedules on the Filling Station Studio Facebook page.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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