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Local art studio hopes the holiday season will boost business following closure due to pandemic

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Posted at 5:21 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 17:21:50-05

HOLIDAY, Fla. — There is an art studio in Pasco County that is attempting to rebound this holiday season through a cornucopia of workshops, where people of all ages can make crafts.

Jersey Girl Art Studio was only opened a few months before the pandemic shut them down.

For seniors like Linda Thull, it’s a much-needed escape. She joined two of her friends to make fall wreaths on Wednesday.

“Well we’ve all felt so isolated, and its been so hard, talking to your friends on the phone isn’t the same, so this is a great outlet,” said Thull.

Rosemary Scordamaglia opened the Jersey Girl Art Studio in Holiday last November. She never could have imagined how difficult that first year would turn out to be.

“It was really hard to close down, cancel classes, refund because we still had to pay our rent,” said Scordamaglia.

2020 was supposed to be the year she passes the baton, or in this case paintbrush, to her daughter Erin, who is a senior in high school.

“Erin I knew was really artistic, this has always been a hobby to me, and I found a way to make it a business that I can pass on to her,” said Scordamaglia.

After months of being closed, they are now relying heavily on the holiday craft season, from wreaths to cards to ornaments to hats, to keep this family business going. They offer classes to all age groups and will be open during the holidays to accompany students on break from school.

“Right now we are kind of flying by the seat of our pants, we are making just enough to keep afloat, we only have volunteers working, none of us are getting paid,” said Scordamaglia.

In this studio, the art of positivity shines brightest.

“You move forward, it doesn’t really matter, you pick yourself up, you do what you got to do and it's all eventually going to work itself out,” said Scordamaglia.

To find out more about the workshops being offered and to book a private event call 727-810-3542.

Part of their proceeds goes to the non-profit organization, the Suncoast Outreach Society.