SILOAM SPRINGS – Eryn Ausherman doesn’t want art to be a luxury only for the rich.
Ausherman opened Broken Vessels on October 2 to offer art to those who aren’t able to experience art, she said.
âMy mission is to make art available and affordable to those in need in Northwest Arkansas,â Ausherman said.
Ausherman has lived in the Siloam Springs area since the age of 8, she said. Growing up in Cookson Hills, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ausherman’s family served as a homemaking family, which took in at-risk children, Ausherman said.
âThey came from backgrounds of abuse, depression or their parents were in jail,â Ausherman said.
As she grew older, Ausherman began to attract other children that many would consider broken, she said.
âMy mom always noticed that I attracted broken people,â Ausherman said. “I have connected with several teens who have Asperger’s Syndrome.”
In addition to the Asperger children, Ausherman also came into contact with children who had suffered abusive trauma and had very broken histories, she said.
For Ausherman, these are just a few of the people she wants to help, she said. Ausherman said that God gave her a gift of comfort and empathy and that she chooses to use this gift rather than accumulating it.
For Ausherman, helping those who are broken is her call from God, she said. Connecting with these groups of children allowed him to empathize with them, Ausherman said. Now, Ausherman hopes to apply the same empathy to his students at Broken Vessels, she said.
âWe are all broken ships no matter where we come from,â Ausherman said.
Opening of his workshop
Ausherman didn’t have formal art classes, she said. After completing an eight-week course, Ausherman felt called to pursue a career in art, she said. After working at the New Life Ranch the previous year, Ausherman took the time to rest and determine her next step, she said.
She contacted Main Street Siloam Springs executive director Stacy Morris, who assisted and mentored her, Ausherman said.
At first, Ausherman was unable to find accommodation to rent. Then Glo Hair Lounge moved out of its suite at 116 S. Broadway and Ausherman moved in, she said.
Ausherman wasn’t sure she could make it happen, but so far she has booked classes throughout March, she said.
The future of broken ships
Ausherman has been thinking about the future of her studio, she said.
âMy goal, at the beginning, was to be a small studio, but that might not be feasible,â Ausherman said.
Initially, the plan was to open a studio with a hole in the wall because she’s not a fan of commercial things, Ausherman said.
The long-term goals are to stay downtown and expand its space where other artists could come and work in their mediums, Ausherman said. She wants to add more art like baskets and weaving – Ausherman said she wants to keep it organic.
Another goal of Ausherman is to hire someone who has a degree in art therapy, she said. Ausherman wants to help short people to be around, she said.
Ausherman said that at the end of the day, God stole the show and put it where it needed to be.
âI am very grateful for where I am and the blessings I have received,â said Ausherman.
Marc Hayot / Herald-Leader Eryn Ausherman works on a pottery bowl she made in her Broken Vessels studio. The studio offers pottery lessons for $ 160 per person for a four-week class, Ausherman said. Broken Vessels charges $ 35 an hour for two people and $ 17 an hour for three or more people, Ausherman said.