Janella manages the day-to-day operations, while Melanie is the artist.
"I have done most of the art that is hanging up on the walls, along with several different local artists like Lorenzo Gayden (whose art is on one side) of Studio AMN," John says. "I also create art with the customers."
The walls are decorated with abstract paintings as well as Gayden's richly colored art that depicts African American men playing jazz instruments.
Owning an art gallery is something Melanie knew she wanted to do since she was little, she says.
"I've always been fascinated with art and have been painting since I was a child," she says. "My mom put me in all types of art classes when I was younger, and the woman who really piqued my interest was one of my art teachers in school, Robin Doudy. It's something I've been interested in ever since."
John wanted to create her business in Jackson because she wanted to offer something new to the art community here.
"I love Jackson, the people here and the community," she says. "I think we're a city that is growing—we're on the rise. I want the business to stay in Jackson, and I wouldn't bring my business anywhere else."
John travels to local schools and nursing homes to offer paint parties to children and elderly people in Jackson.
The studio offers everything from paint parties where groups paint pre-drawn canvases to wine-glass paintings. John stresses that the main goal she has for clients is to allow them to express their inner artist in an open environment.
"Studio AMN is different because we allow you in come in and relax," she says. "It's not structured, and it's not supposed to be. You can let your hair down and enjoy yourself here. A lot of people think you won't see something like this unless you're in a larger city, but it's here. You just have to find it."
For more information on StudioAMN & Designs (5846 Ridgewood Road, Suite C212, 769.218.8165), visit studioamndesigns.com.