Inside the Magpie Art Studio, it could hardly be anything but an art studio. Tapestries are draped across the wall, curtains divide the space into a maze of small rooms for different art forms, and Morgan Krepky’s artwork is displayed in every corner.
Krepky opened Magpie Art Studio last month, intent on sharing her passion for using art to tell a story.
“My parents said, ‘You need a studio,’” Krepky said. “I said that would be great, because then I can share what I have learned, my knowledge and my passion for art with everyone, and I’ll actually have a door where people can walk in.”
Krepky wanted to move to Italy initially, but Roseburg won out, and she moved with her family out of Washington and into the little patch of warm weather between their farm near Seattle and California.
“I was floored when I came here and learned about the Umpqua Valley Arts Association and the warmth of the reception there,” Krepky said. “Everyone there is so talented. There is so much art here. We need more spaces to interact with it besides just the schools and UVAA, so this is just another art hub.”
The building serves as a rentable art studio, a space for like-minded artists to sit together and chat and for Krepky to teach people how to use art to tell a story like she did.
When Krepky was nine years old, she had a recurring dream full of dragons and adventures that she wanted to share, but she was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, and struggled to read and write. So she turned to art in the form of a graphic novel.
“I wanted to share this with people, and my family in particular, so I drew it,” Krepky said. “I had this beautiful thing and presented it to them. They said ‘Oh! That’s great!’ and I’m going, it’s the drawing that hasn’t worked, so that pretty much set my path for the rest of my life: Drawing; drawing better; creating a better story.”
During her senior year at Cornish College of the Arts, she reworked the whole first chapter of that graphic novel and published it. Unsatisfied with computer generated artwork, she republished it with hand-drawn artwork right after graduating.
Now she is teaching classes for up to 10 students to help them discover art as a way to tell a story, with different methods ranging from still-life drawing or painting to adding imaginary creatures to real items, carving for prints and creating comic books that aren’t strictly superheroes.
“My teaching method is I teach everyone as an individual even if I have multiple people in a class, I try to individualize it as much as possible because everyone is unique,” Krepky said. “Everyone has their own ways of doing things, they have their own ways of thinking about and processing information. It’s more fun for me to have that individualized aspect.”
Her studio is at 3780 Hooker Road and available for artists to rent or for classes that can be signed up for via her website at magpieartstudios.com. She plans on adding more classes and tools and eventually a shop to sell her art.