In February we welcomed two alums, Corinne Pomeroy and Lauren Kelley, graduates from 2002 and best friends since 6th grade, to speak with our art and innovations students about how they have been able to blend their independent art businesses for unique projects such as their recent Philadelphia Eagles mural.
While her education background is in music therapy, Lauren learned calligraphy in order to create her own wedding invitation. After several requests from friends and even strangers, Lauren realized the market for unique hand-written invitations and calligraphy signs. With the support of her husband‘s woodworking hobby, they started Girl Holding a Pen and created a holiday pop-up shop in Philadelphia for ornaments, signs, and other custom pieces.
Corinne applied her artist’s eye and fine arts degree towards corporate positions in marketing, client relations, and advertising. After starting a family, she rediscovered her original passion for art and started CCP Fine Art creating typography prints, canvases, notecards, and more.
Lauren was excited for the opportunity to blend her calligraphy with her best friend’s artistic talent to create custom invitations that would express their clients’ interests. They each passed around samples of their work, and answered questions about their pieces. Corinne left our students with this inspirational message, “Be true to what is in your soul-it will never leave you astray. Next time someone asks you what you are going to do with a career in art, you tell them that you’re going to change the world!”