‘God told me that I was going to paint’
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‘God told me that I was going to paint’

Jennifer Tinsley began feeling a pull to get into painting about seven years ago. She now believes that feeling was a calling from God, but at that time, she never thought she’d be producing art professionally. Nevertheless, the art studio on Wall Street in downtown Calhoun bears a new name as of Tuesday. Tinsley has taken over the business from longtime owner Terry Knight, and she plans to continue the tradition of art lessons and camps at the facility under the name JennyPenny Studio. She’s been teaching children’s classes at the studio since the school year began. When she found out Knight was retiring recently, she approached him about buying the business. They worked out a transition plan, and two of them feel the exchange is providential. ‘God gave me this gift’ Tinsley began thinking about painting just before she married her husband, Chris Tinsley. “I got married, we started our family,” she says. Thoughts of art took a backburner while she stayed home for a few years raising her daughters. When her youngest started school, she felt the need to reenter the workforce. Tinsley, 34, who is originally from Montgomery, Alabama, went to high school in Dalton and […]

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