A Little About our 30 Year History

The Folk Artist studio has been in Huntington Beach for over 30 years. Original owner Kitty Lemley began teaching painting, in 1982, in her home. She soon opened the store in Huntington Beach giving it the name The FolkArtist. Folk art painting, or tole painting, is a form of decorative painting usually done on tin and wooden objects and surfaces. Pieces include boxes, containers, plates, furniture, chests and plaques, frames, yard art, ornaments, and creative 2nd hand pieces. Quality tole painting pieces are sealed, or primed and sanded before patterns are painted on each piece. All pieces are varnished to preserve the quality and pieces for years to come.  The Folk Artist practices creating only the best in top quality tole painted pieces in the studio.


Modern day tole painting uses good quality acrylic paints and The Folk Artist studio only carries the best quality paints and supplies. Techniques include base coating, stroke work, floating, shading, highlighting, line work, blending, faux finishes, and more.


In 2012, Kitty Lemley retired, and new ownership took over. The new owner, CT Thomas, has painted at the studio with Kitty for over 18 years. Many things have remained the same as 30 years of knowledge and skill have proved the theory- if it’s not broken – don’t fix it!


We currently have over 40 continuing painters that come regularly to the studio to create pieces and share in ideas and friendships. Most of these painters have been painting at the studio for over 20 years! That speaks to the value of The Folk Artist Studio and what it has to offer. We are very grateful for all our continuing painters!


Although many things are the same over 30 years, and we still have tole painting classes, there are some exciting new changes happening at the studio and we want you to be part of this change.


What's New!


We are now offering classes for kids, birthday parties, make and take sessions, girl’s night out parties, and more!


So if you need a place with space and good lighting to be creative or would like to hold a class and teach art.  Contact CT to find out how we can make that happen!


Come paint with us and join the fun of the Folk Artist Studio!


CT Thomas

Owner/Painter

The Folk Artist

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