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Northshore September 2015

Northshore magazine showcases the best that the North Shore of Boston, MA has to offer.

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154 | SEPTEMBER 2015 in-depth FACES photographs by Eric Roth BY CHARLOTTE ROTH Sandy Runnion runs a fine art classroom for children in Topsfield. Art Class Art has always been a part of Topsfield artist Sandy Runnion's life, and she's explored it through many outlets; Runnion ran her own design firm for 12 years after studying graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston. In recent years, Runnion's love of art has taken her in a different direction: the ArtRoom, an innovative Fine Art school for kids. "I started the ArtRoom in my home when my son was in preschool," Runnion explains. "I wanted to engage with art and run a business while being a mom. I've always loved color and design, but I found through teaching that I also loved creating concepts for projects that would help kids develop their artistic skill." Runnion taught a handful of local kids in her own home, but quickly realized that the demand The not-so-still- life subject in the ArtRoom today is a chicken.

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