Our Mission

The Shine House inspires people to imagine, discover, and connect through programs and experiences in the creative arts.

Our Vision

The vision of The Shine House is to empower the community to celebrate its differences through creative expression and increase a sense of belonging and acceptance of all individuals.

Our Values

Compassion: Within these community walls and beyond, we feel it is vital to have compassion. Compassion for ourselves and others, as well as the will to help one another in times of need.

Encourage: Encouraging others builds hope and strength. When one of us succeeds, we all succeed.

Balance: Balance of work and play, experimentation and skilled, self care and care for others.

Respect: Valuing others opinions and art, acceptance and embracing others differences.

Kindness: Kindness in words, actions, and thoughts.

Empower: The ability to lift each other up is a gift. As you grow, I grow, and our community will grow.

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  • Encourage 100%
  • Balance 100%
  • Respect 100%
  • Kindness 100%
  • Empower 100%

About the Shine House

The Shine House is a nonprofit community arts center located in the heart of downtown Somerset.  Our goal is to provide the community instruction in a variety of visual art forms: painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and object art.

We currently have five certified yoga instructors to lead and educate the community in body movement and relaxation art forms: yoga, meditation, and breathe work

This creative educational space has been developed with inclusion in mind.

The Shine House idea grew from the vision of a place where all would feel welcome. All would be welcome regardless of age, educational level, ability, disability, artistic knowledge, current or past life situation. This vision sparked a partnership with Chris and Tina George and ABA, Applied Behavioral advancements. Chris and Tina George believe in people and their community. Through this partnership the Shine House has branched our relationships with the Adult Training Centers in our area. Meeting people through these centers has been a gift.

Get to Know Us

Tara Helser

Tara Helser

Executive Director

Tara Helser studied the art of Printmaking and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

She is influenced by many artists but favors Paul Klee and Henry Matisse. She relates heavily to their use of shape, line, and color.

A mother of five children, Tara has continued to expand and pursue her education in the Arts and in Teaching. Through her private studio she has empowered pupils both privately and in group sessions, to explore and develop their own creative talents.

Tara has a background in dance. She studied jazz and tap for ten years and was a member of The Lancaster Ballet Company in Lancaster, Ohio. It is this love of dance that encouraged her love of movement. She is now a certified teacher in yoga and pilates, having trained under the beautiful and talented Jenny Williams of Someret, Kentucky.

Excited and motivated to share her knowledge in the fields of visual arts and movement with her community, Tara is also very eager to learn from her community.   She sees The Shine House as the great facilitator for both!

 Iris Miller

Iris Miller

Director of Operations

Iris Miller is from Lancaster, Ohio where she graduated from William V. Fisher Catholic High School. She moved to Somerset, Kentucky in May of 2013. With a passion for learning how people and relationships work, she is pursuing a degree in Psychology. She enjoys spending the day with her numerous animals, curled up with a good book, and binge watching vegan documentaries on Netflix. 

Iris has always had a love of art. She enjoys sculpture and writing. Her favorite artist is Roy Lichtenstein.  The Shine House has given her the opportunity she has always looked for, helping others. Her personal passion and dream is to give back to her community and bring more arts and movement to Somerset. She firmly believes in a sense of community and working together to create something magical.

Hannah White

Hannah White

Arts Administrator

Hannah White is from Brevard County, Florida. She graduated Pulaski County High School in 2013. She has worked with the mentally and physically disabled for the last five years. The Shine House gives her the opportunity to continue working with the disabled community in a different way and allow her to share her love of art with them. Hannah has always enjoyed art of all variety growing up. The Shine House has given her the opportunity to get more experience and broaden her horizons.

When she is not at The Shine House you will find her spending time with her dog Clark, watching sports movies, and going to the gym. 

Get to Know Our Board

Christine George

Board Chair

 

Angela Brown

Treasurer

 

Hagan Wonn

Board Member

Nadia Green

Secretary

 

Kristy Salley

Board Member

Steve Walkins

Artist in Residence