Weiser resident Timbra Long was always driven by her love of art and design, even as a child. It was her dream to work for a large graphic design company and travel the world. Her first step in that process came when she graduated University of Idaho with a BFA in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduation, her dream began to take shape when she was offered a job at a major graphic design company. Over the years, Timbra had many exciting opportunities to branch out and fine tune her skills by working for several graphic design companies, including the country music industry. Although very successful in her career, deep in her heart she wanted to teach. After she earned her teaching certificate, she began teaching her craft to K-12 students throughout Washington, Arizona, and Idaho. This leg of her incredible journey lasted 18 years. Despite her successful career, she and her son longed to be closer to family. In July of this year, they moved back home to Weiser. Upon returning home Timbra realized that there were few jobs available in her desired area of interest, so she became employed at Weiser Classic Candy. Timbra had worked there many years ago when Fawn Olsen was the owner, and she had enjoyed it very much. It was during this time that Timbra felt as if her life had come full circle. She enjoyed her job at the candy store very much but she longed to teach. While doing some research, Timbra noticed a new trend sweeping the nation called “paint nights.” These community events are designed to bring people together that share a common interest in learning a craft, which in this case is painting, while socializing. For Timbra, that is what makes her happiest. She loves engaging people’s creative spirit and watching the interaction between the participants. Along with her mentor and Assistant Lore Mooney by her side, they created weekly paint classes. They also wanted to include the local businesses by hosting the classes at the various business locations. This way participants can have an enjoyable, relaxing evening while creating business for the local merchants. The first business to participate was Legends On Main followed by Weiser Classic Candy and the Ruszonis. At this time, they are currently planning to host classes at El Tamalito and Idaho Pizza. Timbra would like people to know that the scheduling of their classes is very flexible. Recently, they held a Sunday afternoon class in Cascade and looking forward to hosting kids classes as well. In fact, they are currently planning some private holiday parties, some of which include kids painting classes. It is their goal after the first of the year to host more kids classes and possibly schedule a “Mommy and Me” class. What Timbra loves most about what they do is seeing people enjoy themselves while discovering that Artist that is within all of us. For more information or to schedule a paint class, please call: 208-810-3893.