On her first day of retirement, Paula Brown knew she couldn’t sit around and do nothing with her time. Though odd jobs were enough to keep active, her dream of opening an art gallery and academy were yet to be realized. It wasn’t long after that a spot in Osage Beach opened to host a business. This spot ended up being exactly what Brown was looking for and is now the Lake Fine Art Academy and Galleria.

On her first day of retirement, Paula Brown knew she couldn’t sit around and do nothing with her time. Though odd jobs were enough to keep active, her dream of opening an art gallery and academy were yet to be realized. It wasn’t long after that a spot in Osage Beach opened to host a business. This spot ended up being exactly what Brown was looking for and is now the Lake Fine Art Academy and Galleria.

Brown’s immediate plans with the business are to help showcase local artists in the area and also promote growth of new artists. In order to achieve this, the space will work as both a place of buying and selling art while also hosting various art form classes to teach community members new skill sets. Brown will also use the space as a personal studio to display her own paintings and other work.

Though Brown sees an abundance of artistic talent throughout the lake, she also wants to bring in artwork from the major cities of Missouri to give the gallery a wider breadth of ideas. To promote this unique quality, Brown is opening up one of the show rooms in the gallery to what she is calling the “Artist of the Month.” This will give a single artists an entire room to showcase everything that makes up their style. The room will also be open for the artist to work live for visitors to watch. The first artist showcase will be work from Gary St. Ivany.

“I want people to see these artists working and to experience the creative process,” Brown said. “Every month will bring something new.”

Even in its early stages, the gallery has already begun to fill with a wide variety of art styles. There are selections present from painters, watercolor artists, ceramics and stained glass. There were even contributions made by Eldon steel artist Michael Mistler, who creates life sized steel creations in his home. Brown sees this as the exact purpose she was intending for the space, gathering a plethora of styles for visitors to enjoy.

The academy side of the space will come in the process of teaching slots that will be hosted for the public. These will range from Brown teaching her own classes, to visiting artists teaching short-term classes. Brown hopes to also included a time when students and youth can come through for more beginner level experiences. Brown says that although the classes will be accessible to all levels, they will not be the type of class where every person is painting while following a blueprint. She hopes to bring a unique balance to each session that helps each participant grow an individualized skill.

Looking forward, Brown has the possibility of expanding into the business space connected to where she is currently located. This would offer a much larger teaching space for art forms such as ceramics or sculpture. However, her immediate plans are to bring a new level of art to the lake for all to enjoy.

“I hope people come and enjoy the art and maybe find something they want to learn for themselves,” Brown said.

Lake Fine Art Academy & Galleria, 5513 Osage Beach Parkway, will host a grand opening 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2.