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Mary Beth Blackwood

Owner & Teacher


Anna Rush


Cathy Amato



Sam Moore


Hi! I am Mary Beth Blackwood the owner and founder of Happy Palette. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University and a Virginia teaching license in Visual Arts PreK-12.  I started Happy Palette after almost 10 years of teaching elementary art in Chesterfield County. Opening an art studio has always been a dream of mine and I love sharing my passion for the arts with everyone who comes through the door!  When not at the studio, you can find me adventuring around with my husband Nolen and our energetic three-year old Sadie!

I’m Anna! I grew up in northern Virginia and currently live and go to school in Richmond. I am in my fourth year at VCU in the art education program. I love all kinds of art, especially sculpture and clay. Bringing joy to students' lives through art is something that I am very passionate about and lucky that I get to experience at Happy Palette!

Coming Soon!

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 The Happy Palette! 

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