CANTON, GA (November 7, 2023) – Local Color Studio, a community art studio for all levels of creatives and artists is set to open at 85 North Street in Downtown Canton on November 13.

Artist and founder Shanna Coulter will offer studio space and art classes to enhance individual skill levels and contribute culturally to a city on a creative rise.

“Art is for everyone, and Local Color Studio is a place that supports creativity of all kinds. We designed the studio to build community because creative work takes courage,” Shanna says. Artists can rent studio space long-term and short-term (when available) as well as take and teach classes, use the ceramics studio, and more.

A working artist, Shanna brings a wide range of experience from painting to ceramics and sculpture to photography. As an art teacher for seven years at Cherokee High School with a degree in art and a master’s in education – both from Kennesaw State University – Shanna combines her artistic vision and passion for teaching in the space at Local Color Studio.

Co-founder, and Shanna’s husband of 28 years, mortgage loan originator and real estate “finance artist” Chris Coulter manages Local Color Studio’s finances. He says, “The Coolest Small Town in America truly deserves a vibrant, creative center.”

Originally from Athens, Georgia, Shanna and Chris have lived in Cherokee County for 24 years. “We are very grateful to the leadership for their encouragement in Canton for our small business,” Shanna says. “Without the public art vision of City Councilor Brooke Schmidt and Mayor Bill Grant as well as the knowledge and support of County Manager Geoff Morton and the team at Cherokee Office of Economic Development plus Penn Hodge, Grant Schmeelk, and Dana Cox, Local Color Studio would not have been possible. We know the growing creative community in Canton is strong; we are dedicated to serving that community and being a part of Canton’s story.”

Local Color Studio plans to be open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 9 pm; Sunday, noon – 5 pm. Artists will have studio access 24/7. Winter workshops and spring class schedules will be posted online soon.


Address and Inquiries

Local Color Studio
85 North Street, Canton
Instagram: @localcolorcanton
Facebook: @localcolorcanton

Leasing Information

For leasing information contact Shanna or Chris Coulter at 678-269-7441 or



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