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What is Elevate Art?

Elevate Art is a community art program that launched Oct. 5 2022. The goal of the program is to help bring awareness to, and grow, the art community in Cleveland, TN, by showcasing the contributions of local professionals and empowering aspiring artists and hobbyists of all ages to pursue their own artistic goals.

Currently, Elevate Art consists of free community art classes and a rotating featured-art gallery.

Upcoming Community Classes

Based on attendee feedback from our previous sessions, we are currently evaluating an optimized schedule for our next free photography class as well as the potential for one-on-one courses. 

We plan to add additional topic offerings such as painting and dance with other support of other local artists beginning in 2023. 

If you are interested in a one-one-one photography course, please contact 

Previous class curriculum:

  • How a Camera Works

  • Overview of:

    • Camera Body

    • Mode Dial

    • Display Screen

  • Understanding:

    • Shutter Speed

    • Aperture

    • ISO

  • Free Play (a chance to play around with your camera settings inside the studio)

Instructor: Xavier Jasso,  Muse Mind Studios Creative Director


Rotating Featured-Art Gallery Program

Current Feature

"Dandelion Explosion"

Artist: Carie Varner, ReelFunStudios


The abstract painting rests on a large 40x30 canvas, and features a blend of bright and warm tones intended to complement any space in which it occupies.


Notably, the piece also incorporates the use of Black 3.0, a super-flat, ultra-matte black acrylic paint. The paint is comprised of a specially formulated, high-load acrylic polymer that densely binds to a lab-created nano-pigment called "Black Magick." Nano-mattifiers are added to the mixture to help flatten out stray light, resulting in a black acrylic paint that absorbs up to 99% of visible light. According the paint's creator and acclaimed UK artist Stuart Semple, it's "the blackest black acrylic paint in the world"  and one of the blackest black substances available for use by the general public.

From Carie:

"Whenever art is embraced and encouraged, I feel a swell of hope for the world that is in so much turmoil - a wish being granted from nothingness. That's why I chose to use the Black 3.0 paint, as it absorbs light and pulls the viewer into the painting as the colors jump out, creating a playful tug of war, visually."

"Dandelion Explosion"

Contact for information on how to see the work in person, or inquire about selling price.

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What is the Elevate Art Program?

Elevate Art is a community art program pilot that launched in Oct. 2022. The goal of the program is to help bring awareness to, and grow, the art community in Cleveland, TN, by showcasing the contributions of local professionals and empowering aspiring artists and hobbyists of all ages to pursue their own artistic goals.

Currently, Elevate Art consists of community art classes and a rotating featured-art gallery.

Where do I learn more about Elevate Art activities, such as classes or events?

We will publish news and updates on this page, including information about upcoming activities. We'll also share this information on our social channels: @musemindstudios

I am interested in teaching/leading an Elevate Art educational class - how do I get involved?

Contact us at or use our Booking and Inquires form at the bottom of this page - we'd love to collaborate with you! 

How often are community classes offered?

At this time, we anticipate offering classes once a month, with curriculum currently planned through mid 2023. This is subject to change based on community interest and instructor availability. 

Are all classes free to the community?

All current class offerings are free to the public thanks to the support of collaborating artists and professionals. ​ 


Advance class offerings, workshops, or activities that feature notable presenters or influencers anticipated for the future may have a participation fee.

What is a rotating art gallery?

A rotation, in museum lingo, is the changing of a work or multiple works on display; as one is taken off view, another replaces it.

What's the purpose of the art gallery program?

The featured-art gallery program aims to promote exposure of local artists while allowing potential collectors and customers to appreciate the artist's works up close. We believe the environment in which a piece of art is showcased can have a major impact on collector or consumer response. Seeing a piece up close is important for driving sales for local artists in an increasingly digital age where so many pieces of work are mass produced or competing for exposure online. 

How frequently are pieces rotated?

We are benchmarking rotational times during the pilot phase of our program. Current pieces of art are on display until sold, whereby a new piece of art is planned to take its place.

How many works are featured at a time?

We are capable of featuring several pieces at a time, and may limit or expand our collection size based on aesthetic, planned event, client or business needs.

How are featured works selected?

We select works we believe compliment our space, our clientele's needs, and represent the Cleveland, TN, art community in a positive way. We may also feature works that we believe compliment a certain event, activity, or theme.

What kinds of work are eligible for feature?

We are open to featuring art in many forms. This could include, but is not limited to, paintings, photographs, or sculptures. If you have another form of art you're interested in showcasing, please use our form listed below.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost to showcase your art in The Opera House if it is selected for feature. In the event of a sale, 10% of sales goes to Muse Mind Studios to help fund program operations such as company, program or space advertisement, operational expenses, or costs to lease the studio space wherein the space is displayed.

How do I submit my work for consideration?

Please use our "Booking and Inquires" Form below, and when prompted, select "Elevate Art" as your type of request. A series of short questions will follow.

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