Echo Gallery owner and founder, Tashema Davis, has become a real ‘MVP’ in Downtown Marion. She is an art teacher at Marion High School who has taken her passion for art and turned it into an inspirational avenue for artists of all types. She was second-place winner in Community Pitch Night which afforded her to bring alive her vision.
Photo by Milly Walker
Echo first began at the Boston Hill Center, but it did not take long for Davis’ vision — “for the city, by the city” – to take off, and she needed a bigger space. She now has a full storefront located downtown. She said that Marion needed an art gallery where local artists which include students and adults alike, may display their works.
Tashema also has a vision to bring out the artist in everyone, so she offers a variety of painting classes in her studio for a very reasonable charge. A standard art night will cost only $10 for at least a $20 value. While the county was on lockdown, she took time to do free classes online live, which still occur from time to time. There are also craft days and now pottery painting. She continues to find new ways to teach both the beginner and the experienced.
You will also find in the front of her studio, showcased and for sale, works from local artists. She showcases a new one each month and provides a time to meet the artist as well. While visiting, don’t forget the little gift shop where Tashema has written and illustrated 7 children’s books as well as even more local artists’ works. And if that is not enough, you may book private painting parties!
Photo by Krissy Schroder
When asked for her advice to future entrepreneurs, she said, “Remember your ‘WHY.’ Stay the course, and do not be afraid to let others assist you if they understand and respect your vision.”
Tashema is exactly what it means to be for her community.
Main Street Marion
209 S. Washington St, Marion, Indiana