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About the Painted Butterfly

This unique art studio opened in 2005 on Bickett Boulevard, combining a children's art school with design services that include furniture refinishing and decorative painting.

PAINTED BUTTERFLY DESIGNS offers refinishing, refurbishing and restyling of vintage or out-dated pieces. Grandma's sideboard need a face-lift? A re-do a dresser for the nursery? Find the perfect table in the wrong finish for your room? From an out-dated but sentimental family heirloom, to a favorite childhood rocking horse or dollhouse. We'll help you come up with a new finish idea to make you love it!

WILD AT ART KIDS is the new name of the Children's Art Studio. Home of Raleigh's original Painting Parties for Kids, we also offer Ceramics and Multi-Media Customized Projects as party options. Our Birthday Parties, Art Classes and Summer Camps have been neighborhood staples since the studio opened. Last year, we moved 2 doors down from our original home on Bickett Blvd to a much larger studio with room for more classes, play areas and a spacious movement room for movement arts. Expanded programs include Ballet and Dance with Ms. Charlene, Yoga, Ceramics and a Kiln, Sewing, Sports & Art with Coach Scott...and more! All our teachers and artists specialize in working with children.

The owner, Nancie Norvell, is a Raleigh-native who lives in the neighborhood with her family. Her inspiration for an art-based children's business is a passion for art that her Grandfather shared with her at a very young age. "He taught me how to draw, how to paint - to just be free to create. It's something that gives me joy and has followed me throughout my life. I want to share that with all my little artists."  After a career in advertising and sales, she is simply following that dream.  "I want this to be a place that kids love to come and experience the same wonder and fun that art provided me as a child - and still does." She believes that art is a natural form of self-expression for kids- there are no rules, no 'right' way to do it. Art can also play a part in how kids develop important life and social skills like communication, problem-solving and self-confidence. And it's a lot of creative, messy fun!. 

Visit Wild At Art Kids Studio

                        "Every child is an artist.
                  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
              ~ Pablo Picasso

225 Bickett Blvd. Raleigh, NC 27608 919-812-6939