Dreams by Janice was founded in 2007 by Janice Hambelton and Kelly Miller. In 2006 Janice decided she wanted to return to some of her passions and dreams as a young girl, and painting was one of them. This “mother and daughter” team decided to enter into a partnership and formalize the business. Dreams by Janice is the local art studio in the Old Town and surrounding communities and it offers everyone an opportunity to experience, imagine, and create through various art forms.
A mother of four, the daughter of an artist, and a great adventurer, Janice Hambelton is living her dreams. Janice was born in Michigan and inherited her love for art from her mother. She began painting at the age of 16. After moving to Maine in 1989, Janice took a hiatus from painting to raise her children. Although she initially worked in acrylics and oil paints, when she re-kindled her art career in 2003 she changed her medium to watercolors.
Nowadays you will find Janice teaching others how to have fun and find expression through painting, interior design, and other creative arts. Janice also enjoys touring and being inspired by old homes and historical mansions all over the United States.
When Janice, Kelly’s mother, decided to start a business in the arts, Kelly knew that Janice’s strong passion and unique abilities were going to result in something big. While Kelly is not an artist, she certainly enjoys fine art and has many of Janice’s pieces hanging in her home. Kelly provides strategic leadership in all business operations of the company.
In addition to supporting Dreams by Janice, Kelly works in international development in the Washington, DC area. Kelly loves to travel internationally and has visited every continent except for Antarctica.
Taylor loves to be able to create and express herself visually. Taylor loves to paint, do arts & crafts, and crochet. Originally from Hampden, Maine, Taylor has also spent some time in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Taylor is gluten free and finds it fun and challenging to come up with delicious recipes for a gluten-free diet.
In her free time, she's usually working on a personal art project, playing with her puppy, or spending some quality time with her family.
Kathy grew up in Houlton, Maine and started sewing when she was in the 4th grade. The first item she ever sewed was a Barbie doll dress, and to this day she still has a passion for sewing American Girl doll clothes. Kathy's family has a long history of sewing, so she spent a lot of time watching her grandmother and cousins sew.
Kathy has worked at several fabric stores and enjoys doing crafts. Serving as an Activity Director for the last 12 years, she has also had the opportunity to work with many crafts and sewing projects with her residents. At Dreams by Janice, Kathy loves working with young girls to encourage them to get into the sewing world.
Sarah has been crocheting and knitting for 15 years. She loves that you can literally make any shape out of the yarn, and if you watch her teach you will definitely see that her enthusiasm for fiber arts is contagious. Sarah especially loves making stuffed animals from yarn.
She grew up in a military family and moved around a lot. She went to high school in Germany and has visited 15 different countries around the globe.
In her free time, Sarah likes to garden and has a few avocado trees to show for it. Sarah also enjoys the outdoors and loves to go camping and hiking.
What Makes Us Unique?
** We offer a space where you can display your artwork and crafts in public spaces within the community.
** We offer an inviting space where you and your children can create and experience the arts.
** We can make your event your unique memorable! We specialize specialize in kid and adult birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and private paint & sips.
** We work with a variety of unique clients across the community, including girl scouts, homeschoolers, senior citizens, and youth.
** We help you to become a co-creator in making the arts an important part of our community's culture.
** We provide a space for you to showcase your art in the Dreams by Janice Art Studio.