What Art & Soul is today began in 2008 as a custom framing store known as Frameworks, located at 235 South 70th Street in Lincoln, Nebraska. Jim and Marilyn Slattery were presented the opportunity to purchase Frameworks and jumped at the chance.
With the change in ownership came the desire for improvement and growth. After exploring multiple ideas, the decision was made to expand services to include art and cooking classes, a retail boutique, a mini cafe and a lounge. In 2009, Art & Soul began as an idea that quickly turned into a dream come true for a family of cooks and artists.
Jim and Marilyn Slattery were both born in Grand Island, Nebraska, and made the move to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska. After graduating, they married in 1976 and remained in Lincoln to begin their careers and raise a family. (An accountant and artist – opposites really do attract!) Marilyn began exploring her creative side, beginning with cake decorating and moving on to teaching acrylic painting classes at her kitchen table. As the demand for art instruction increased, the Slatterys’ basement was converted into an art classroom.
With the expansion in services came the need for a larger space. The Slatterys were attracted to the architectural flair that Village Gardens possesses, as well as its proximity to their family home. Art & Soul is located in The Marketplace at Village Gardens on Hidcote Drive, just south of Campbell’s Nursery, and opened for business on May 1, 2011.
Jim and Marilyn have five children: Anthony, Justina, Elisa, Mary and Kathryn. Four of their children are currently involved in Art & Soul. Anthony just came back to the family business, helping with the restaurant and staffing. Justina, the oldest of the girls, is Art & Soul's graphic designer, marketing director and also teaches a majority of art classes. Elisa is in charge of booking keeping, finances and is the human resources manager. Kathryn, the youngest of the Slattery siblings, graduated Southeast Community College in 2017 with an AAS in baking & pastry. She makes all of the sweet treats for the restaurant and also assists the management team.
What WE do at Art & Soul
At Art & Soul, we help people who want to feel inspired by providing a fun, family-feel environment where you can gather with friends while developing new skills and creative side so you can step outside your comfort zone confidently.
What YOU can do at Art & Soul
Grab Lunch in the Cafe
Stop by for Happy Hour
Sharpen Your Cooking Skills
Explore Your Creative Side
Host a Private Group Event