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Meet The Team


Mary Beth Blackwood

Owner & Founder

After almost a decade of teaching elementary art in Chesterfield County Public Schools and a year off living the "new mom" life, Happy Palette was born!  Our worlds were turned upside down in the middle of a pandemic and I felt the opportunity  was right to open a children's art studio in the middle of it.  I had an almost 1.5 year old and not many hands-on activities for her at that age.  When I opened Happy Palette in November 2020, I wanted to bring a fun, colorful and creative world to Richmond families.


I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art Educations from James Madison University as well as a Virginia teaching license for Visual Arts Prek-12.  With my background in the arts, I want to provide art experiences for children of all ages.  Starting as young as one, our students experience sensory play, develop fine motor skills, discover new art techniques and so much more hands-on fun!

 When not at the studio, you can find me adventuring around with my husband, Nolen and our energetic four-year old daughter, Sadie!


Sam Moore
Art Instructor

Hi, I’m Sam! I’m a Bridgewater College graduate with a BS in psychology, however, don’t let the degree type fool you. Art and creative expression have always been a constant in my life, both in study and in practice. I can often be found behind the camera, be it filmmaking or photography, as well as on my laptop doing digital art. Locals, though, may remember me best as “the chalk lady,” who has been leaving sidewalk chalk art around town since early 2020. I love how my street art can brighten someone’s day and I’m so happy to bring that same energy to work with me at Happy Palette! 


Sam has been with Happy Palette since November 2021!

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