(KXXV) — A new art gallery in downtown Waco just opened its doors but the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery offers more than just beautiful views. It inspires you to look inward.
"Art can really bring people together," said artist Susan Sistrunk.
When you enter the gallery, the purpose and passion of Mark Kieran and Susan Sistrunk is everywhere.
"We have a subject matter in the art that we hope is inspirational. For me, that's the whole reason why I paint. To express something that you can't really say well," said Mark.
The Waco artists transformed an early 1900s home at 2120 Washington Avenue into a gallery that can transport.
"Maybe they can pursue that spark in their life that might be on the back burner. Maybe it will give them a push to pursue their own dream," said Susan.
It wasn't always this way. Just like so many, life was rushed and chaotic. Before they met, Mark and Susan were on separate but parallel paths, both trying to reconnect with their first love... art.
They found it and each other.
"About six or seven years ago I got this idea that it would be really nice to enjoy life and do the things I love. And make a living at it," said Mark.
He used to own a construction company but found art, music and meditation led to less stress and his true purpose.
"This feels more right than anything I've done in my life," said Susan.
Susan's teenage son has noticed she's happier and more content.
The gallery not only houses art but hosts classes and activities so people can discover their own creativity. A boutique with wares from Waco and the world sits nestled near the foyer, a place for them to work and welcome the community.
"We hope people will come through here and just be inspired," said Mark.
You can learn more about classes, activities and events on their Facebook page.
"Texas Voices" airs every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and features the artists, musicians and creatives in our great state.